Grand Canal: Looking North from Near the Rialto Bridge by CANALETTO
CANALETTO
(b. 1697, Venezia, d. 1768, Venezia)

Grand Canal: Looking North from Near the Rialto Bridge

c. 1726
Oil on canvas, 150 x 197 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

In Canaletto's day, the only crossing that spanned the largest waterway in Venice was the imposing Rialto Bridge, which consequently became the hub of both business life and traffic and a point of orientation amid the confusion of Venice's smaller canals and alleys.