Analysis Of Giovanni Antonio Canaletto's Paintings

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Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto):
Analysis on 2 of Canaletto’s paintings:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grand_Canal_and_the_Church_of_the_Salute

This painting is called “The Grand Canal at the Church of Salute.” I can see that this painting looks like it has been drawn with different sizes of brushes. The painting looks really realistic because Canaletto must have used a lot of different strokes to get the three dimensional look. The tone and shadow of the buildings are very precise, nothing looks abnormal. Everything looks really good. What fascinates me the most is the reflection of the buildings and boats on the water. To maneuver the brush like that, requires a lot of potential and skill. However he could have
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The land has a warm tone, and there is a lot of shading in the water to show the shadow of the buildings and boats in the landscape. Canaletto beautifully illustrates the depth of the picture by using a vanishing point and making objects in the background and middle ground seem more far away. Also, he has made the background objects lighter in colour. He has used a lot of thin lines for the foreground due to it being a very detailed painting. He used a lot of horizontal and vertical lines and hasn’t used many curved lines in his painting except for the drawing the boats, and the top of the church. He could improve on his water ripples. They look a bit fake. And some of the clouds don’t look realistic at all. From this painting and the previous one, I can see that Canaletto is not very good at drawing nature(clouds, water, etc.). Canaletto has created an illusion of depth because of the shading and the proportions of the buildings and boats. His shading gives the effect of the sun shining on the …show more content…
He has used Chiaroscuro very well in this painting. The intensity is very high since it has a lot of warm colours; however, the majority of the picture is created with yellow. This gives the affect of the sunset and the evening light that shines on the land. This may also symbolize happiness, joy, and cheerfulness. I can see that he has mostly used oil pastels and water colour to create this piece. JMW Turner has illustrated the affect of reflection, by making the river reflect some of the land. He has used a lot of thick pastels to create the sky. The ripples of the water don’t really show, but the reflections of the boat and the surroundings of the lake make it look realistic. He has used a lot of toning on the boat, the sea, the middle ground and background. This really technique that he used brings the picture to life.He could have tried to draw the boat better and more proportionate, because the boat doesn’t look 3-dimensional; unlike everything else in the picture. Overall, I think JMW Turner did a good job in illustrating this

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