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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice is a painting done by oil on canvas by Canaletto. This painting shows the slopes of Rococo topography of the entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice. It consists of navigators using the canal, and the great old and newly designed buildings at the banks of the canal including the Church of Santa Maria Della salute on its left side.

It magnifies the attractive vicinity of a city that still maintains its image in global growth and magnificence especially its art and culture. The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice captures the view of the grand canal in the 18th century. The painting of the Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice sums up themes such as modern style and architecture. Modernization had kicked in and new styles were emerging. The Italian topography had its streets visited by tourists and it was a good time for arts and culture. These Venice streets were also loved because of the fancy lifestyle and debauchery. Some buildings in Venice were as 7 centuries old, while others had new designs from the 16th century henceforth with a new sense of art like the Venetian palazzo with the touch of ivory.

The mode of transport and trade route used as depicted by The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice painting, is water way. The Venetians spent a lot of fortune on the canal as a way of showing their pride. Increasing number of families helped in the building of the canal bank residence. Aristocrats walked the streets of the city of Venice in search of Canaletto and others like him whom they drew inspiration from. The aristocrats could buy and send the pieces of art back home. Canaletto had a unique style of artistry. He did sketches from where he later painted. He contrasted light and darkness through viewing sunlight and shadows on buildings and effects of clouds on light because he worked outdoors. The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice was done at a time when Canaletto's topographical paintings were in high demand. Noble foreigners wanted his art as a souvenir of Venice.

Canaletto painted The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice during a time, he had mastered some new styles in painting such as using the camera optics - an apparatus that used ground glass and lens to screen images to be drawn. He later used compasses and rulers. The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice painting can be located in the museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The MFAH remains one of the largest museums in the whole of the US and features a number of different buildings within an extensive campus. Their collection is as broad as it is deep, with artists from the early Renaissance all the way up to around the middle of the 20th century. There is also a selection of Asian art to be enjoyed here too, though the main focus is on famous European artists. Some of the highlights to be found here include paintings by the likes of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, John Singer Sargent, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and William Bouguereau, with the overall collection running into the many thousands of items.