Venice: The Grand Canal facing Santa Croce

To the right of the Grand Canal is the Church of S. Croce. In the distance are the dome of S. Simeone Piccolo and, beyond, the campanile of S. Geremia. On the left is the church of Corpus Domini, and nearer the centre S. Lucia and the Scalzi. On the left is the 'burchiello', the passenger barge which plied between Venice and Padua. 

This painting is an early work by Canaletto's talented nephew Bellotto and was made while the latter was working in his uncle’s studio in Venice. Bellotto prepared the composition in a drawing (Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt), which is itself based on a drawing by Canaletto (Windsor Castle, The Royal Collection, c. 1734), attesting to the complex artistic relationship between the two painters. While Bellotto follows Canaletto’s drawing quite closely, he alters the figures and boats in the foreground of his own painting. The right half of this composition appears in another work in the collection, Venice: The Grand Canal facing Santa Croce, by a follower of Canaletto.

Key facts

Artist dates
1722 - 1780
Full title
Venice: Upper Reaches of the Grand Canal facing Santa Croce
Date made
about 1738
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
59.7 x 92.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery