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Canaletto Up Close

In honor of Canaletto's birthday today in 1697, let's take a look at one of his paintings. His method of painting is quite unusual. Canaletto, The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day Nowadays most oil painters would go for a general overall impression first and refine it further and further with spots of paint. Canaletto is rhythmic and precise, like visual music. The way he achieved this look was by painting the big background tones first.
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