The Grand Canal, Venice, Looking South toward the Rialto Bridge

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 644

These finely painted views of Venice come from a group of twenty identically sized works probably commissioned by Joseph Smith, the British consul in Venice from 1744 to 1760. Canaletto and his clients, particularly those from England, often thought of his works in series. This allowed them to assemble records of Venice’s sites, from its most famous squares to more obscure churches and palaces. Historians of architecture and urbanism can precisely identify the location of each composition (the Museum’s website entries for these works enumerate each in detail), but Canaletto often took strategic liberties in order to show the full facade of a given building or the best angle of view down a canal.

The Grand Canal, Venice, Looking South toward the Rialto Bridge, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian, Venice 1697–1768 Venice), Oil on canvas

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.