Chioggia before sunrise

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Giuseppe Canella, also known as Eldor Giuseppe Canella, was an Italian painter. Giuseppe Canela’s father, Giovanni, was an architect, fresco painter and set designer who started his career making stage sets and decorating mansions in Verona and Mantua. His set of 13 landscapes, first exhibited at the Brera Exposition in 1831, was a huge success with both the public and critics, not least due to the works exhibited at the Paris Salon, Louis-Philippe of Orleans. The commission, and the Gold Medal in 1830, made him famous. He returned to Milan in 1832 and devoted himself to the creation of urban landscapes, characterized by an interest in the events of contemporary life, depicted using an atmospheric form that clearly competed with Giovanni Migliara.

From 1835, landscape painting began to dominate, with subjects drawn from the countryside and lakes of Lombardy. The focus on the poor and humble aspects of life forms part of the artist’s fundamental naturalism, coinciding with a moralistic approach derived from the novelist Alessandro Manzoni. The tours of Rome and Naples in 1838 and 1839 were crucial in the artist’s maturity. At the end of his life, he became a teacher at the Venice Beauty Academy. He soon became a well-known landscape painter (Vedute, ie accurate depiction of real scenery), painting town landscapes with great precision in the style of Guardi or Carlevaris.

Today’s work is a good example of his time in Venice. Chioggia is a small town situated on an island at the southern entrance to the Venetian Lagoon, about 25 kilometers south of Venice.

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Side note: Venice is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Countless artists visited La Serenissima and painted the city, including Claude Monet! < 3

55 x 90.5 cm

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