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 in Venice, all 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 like this painting, have more atmosphere, light, warmth and shadow. Details are richly painted and lively figures populate the scene.

Potential curriculum links:

KS2 Design & Technology - Homes and Structures - Buildings


KS2/4 English - Creating Writing

KS2 Geography - Around the World; Water - Canals

KS3 Geography - Landscapes - Rivers

KS2 History - Museums and Galleries - Art

KS3 Physics - Light

KS2 Science - Physical World - Light

Take a look at the Case Study page  for an example of how to use a painting in an Art Across the Curriculum Project.

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