Art in Milan - Canaletto

Canaletto in Milan

Sforza Castle Museum

If you want to admire some Canaletto’s paintings, let your escort introduce you to them during your travel in Milan.

Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, was born in Venice in 1697 and he started to work as apprentice with his father who was a painter too: he was under the great influence of his family and because of that, destined to have a career in art.

He studied in Rome under several artists and he worked very hard to became one of the most well-known painters: he developed his own style and techniques choosing to paint mainly landscapes.

Canaletto - Milan

 

After his experience in Rome, he returned to Venice in 1719 and started painting the daily life of his picturesque city and its people in his topographical style.

Canaletto created several masterpieces painting his favourite subject which was the lagoon and Saint Mark’s square: here in Milan you have the opportunity accompanied with your escort to see the wonderful “The Pier towards Riva degli Schiavoni with the Column of Saint Mark” in the Pinacoteca at Sforza Castle.

After living a period in Venice, from 1746 to 1756 he moved to England where he became very popular: he painted London scenes and urban landscapes as well as castles, bridges and different forms of English architecture; in 1728 Canaletto started to collaborate with a businessman called Joseph Smith who became his agent and patron. Then he returned to Venice and in 1763 he took part in the prestigious Venetian Academy.

Canaletto can be considered as one of the greatest Italian artists and his paintings, which are characterized for their accuracy, can be found all around the world.

In Milan some of them are located in the Sforza Castle and in the Pinacoteca of Brera and it would be my pleasure to plan a visit in both Museums and escort you to discover these magnificent masterpieces.

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