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 move 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 and Pietro Bellotto 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 makes paintings for the future British consul and patron Joseph Smith with paintings that are sent to England


The Dutch businessman Owen McSwiney becomes Canaletto's main buyer: from here on the contact with the British world becomes fundamental for his work


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


Canaletto decides to move to London, with a presentation letter by the Duke of Richmond, already his client


Canaletto goes back to Venice and there stays for 8 months, to take care of hi business there


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


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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