Al Dolo, 1741–47
image: 11 7/16 × 16 1/2 in. (29.05 × 41.91 cm) plate: 11 11/16 × 16 3/4 in. (29.69 × 42.55 cm) sheet: 11 13/16 × 16 7/8 in. (30 × 42.86 cm)
Gift of Friends of Art, from the collection of Philip and Dorothy Pearlstein M2000.125
Photo credit Larry Sanders
Canaletto and Francesco Guardi (Italian, 1712–1793), who is featured in the Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough exhibition, were the two masters of the verdute, or views, of Venice, which were painted for British tourists on the Grand Tour. Canaletto focused on these paintings in the 1730s. Upon the outbreak of the War of the Austrian Succession in 1740, travel to Italy became very dangerous and his clientele disappeared. Canaletto then switched from painting extremely detailed souvenirs to etching fanciful scenes and artistic interpretations of real locations, such as this one.
The town of Dolo sits on the Riviera del Brenta, a canal for merchant boats that connected Venice and Padua. In 1740–41, Canaletto toured the Brenta canal, which is most likely when he came across this city and made the sketches that he used for this etching.
This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.