Antonio Canaletto was born in Venice on 18 October 1697.
He is one of the best-known Italian painters. Passionate about Venice, he did not hesitate to demonstrate this love in his art or to bring his sensitivity and more precise handling of light to the Vedutisti movement. It was his father, himself an artist, who passed on this interest in painting, teaching him the basics in his studio. Success came quickly for Canaletto and he designed works such as The Reception of the French Ambassador at the Doges Palace, The Riva degli Schiavoni and various views of England for his wealthy British clients. Respected during his lifetime and after his death, Antonio Canaletto is considered a very active painter who achieved a significant breakthrough in painting, of which Turner was able to take advantage in his art.
Antonio Canaletto died in Venice on 19 April 1768.