Giovanni Antonio Canal's Timeline

To better follow the development of the artist Canaletto, his art and the influences he made on the XVIII century artistic scene, here is a timeline, which will be continuously updated.


On October 18, Giovanni Antonio Canal, the Canaletto, the second son of Bernardo Canal and Artemisia Barbieri is born.


Canaletto and his brother Cristoforo go with their father to Rome, to create the sceneries of plays by Antonio Vivaldi (L’Arsilda regina di Ponto - l’Incoronazione di Dario), Fortunato Chelleri (Penelope la Casta) at the Teatro Sant’Angelo, Giovanni Porta (L’Argippo), Giuseppe Maria Orlandini (Antigona) and Carlo Pollarolo (Farnace) at the Teatro Tron di San Cassiano.


On April 30 Canaletto's sister Fiorenza Domenica (1700-1781) marries Lorenzo Antonio Bellotto (ca. 1696-ante 1768), working in an important Notary Public studio in Venice.
Their sons Bernardo Bellotto (1722-80) and Pietro Bellotti (1725-1804/05) will become painters too.


On November 11 Bernardo Canal signs a procurement to his older brother Cristoforo Canal (ca. 1667-1724) so he can take care of the family business in Venice, since he is planning to move to Rome for some time.


Bernardo Canal and his two sons Cristoforo and Antonio go again to Rome to create the scenes for two plays by Alessandro Scarlatti (Tito Sempronio Gracco - Turno Aricino).


Canaletto is back to Venice and starts analyzing the emotions he had received from the view paintings he got in contact with in Rome, and starts painting full-time Roman landscapes and Capricci.


Canaletto starts making paintings for the future British consul and art collector Joseph Smith (ca. 1682-1770) with paintings that are sent to England.


The Dutch businessman Owen McSwiney (1676-1754) becomes Canaletto's main buyer: from here on the contact with the British world becomes fundamental for Canaletto's work.


On account of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48), Canaletto's market is highly cut down because of a drastic reduction in visitors to Venice.


Canaletto decides to move to London, with a presentation letter by the 2nd Duke of Richmond (1701-50), already his client.


Canaletto goes back to Venice and there he stays for 8 months, to take care of his business from his home town.


Canaletto ends his British residency and comes back to Venice. He starts painting more Capricci, sometimes required by the German merchant Sigismund Streit (1687-1775).


Canaletto is finally admitted to the Accademia Veneziana di Pittura e Scultura.


On April 19 Giovanni Antonio Canal dies of a bladder infection in his home in Venice, in the district of San Lio.


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