Giovanni Antonio Canal (il Canaletto)
Antonio Canal, nicknamed Canaletto, was born in Venice. The son of a scene painter, he began his artistic career in his father's workshop. It was here that he began to produce the city landscapes for which he is famed. Travelling to England in 1745, he remained there for 10 years painting views of the Thames, Whitehall and the surrounding area. Over time Canaletto's working style became increasingly mannered and dry in pieces that developed with ever more elaborate detail. Such work led itself to engravings, and Visentini's several engraved series of Canaletto's Venetian views (produced 1732, 1745) are indicative of Canaletto's broader artistic influence.