Giovanni Antonio Canal, Canaletto (Venice, 1697-1768) was one of the leading vedutistis, specializing in the veduta, or townscape painting. The genre was at its height in the 18th century, particularly in Venice. The two splendid canvases now on display, accompanied by a drawing by Francesco Guardi (Venice, 1712-1793), testify to Canalettoís mastery of perspective and light. Canaletto made a huge contribution to the creation and diffusion of a repertoire of images of Venice that would endure down the centuries.
The Guest Work
is an original programme run by the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum designed to show interesting works from other museums and collections.