Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: Canaletto’s Capriccio with monumental staircase

A capriccio with a monumental staircase, pen and ink with gray wash, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
A capriccio with a monumental staircase, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

Pen and ink with gray wash, roughly 14 x 21 inches ( 36 x 53 cm).

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Royal Collection, which also has a a zoomable version and a downloadable file.

I never tire of Canaletto’s drawings, and this fantastic capriccio (architectural fantasy) is no exception.

Exploring a Canaletto drawing is like meeting a person who seems interesting — though a bit formal and reserved at first — but as you get to know them, turns out to be warm, relaxed and absolutely charming.

 
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4 thoughts on “Eye Candy for Today: Canaletto’s Capriccio with monumental staircase

  1. Ariel Acosta

    Beautiful architectural drawings by Caneletto. Thanks for sharing these Charley, I’ll be upgrading my subscription!

  2. Daniel van Benthuysen

    Brilliant simile: “Exploring a Canaletto drawing is like meeting a person who seems interesting — though a bit formal and reserved at first — but as you get to know them, turns out to be warm, relaxed and absolutely charming.”

    Canaletto learned to draw and paint in the family business which was scenery painting for the theater. And while it’s accurate enough to label this a capriccio — as indeed it is — one can also imagine this as a sketch for a stage set.

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