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Art Across the Curriculum

Antonio Canaletto - View of the Grand Canal looking North from Palazzo Balbi 1729

Canaletto made many paintings of the Grand Canal, from slightly different viewpoints, but employing the same distinctive perspective. It is this re-working of subjects that helps to make his work so familiar to modern audiences.  Canaletto was the most prolific of the Venetian vedutista or view painters, whose work depicted towns like Rome and Venice. Accurate paintings were in demand by patrons as souvenirs of their 'Grand Tours' of Italy.  Later in his career, Canaletto applied a similar treatment to London.  His earlier works, amongst which this ranks as one of the best, have more atmosphere, light, warmth and shadow. Details are richly painted and lively figures populate the scene.


This painting would lend itself to many curriculum links including:


Geography - the Grand Tour, the weather

Science - Floating and sinking

History - homes

Literacy - creative writing, poetry

Design and Technology - boats, architecture

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