(b. 1697, Venezia, d. 1768, Venezia)
Grand Canal, Looking East from the Campo San Vio (detail)1723-24
Oil on canvas
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Canaletto has included a curious detail: a depiction of a boat on the wall of the building in the right foreground. Whether this was simply sgraffito or some form of trade sign is not entirely clear. Above it a woman looks down from a small balcony; Canaletto placed similar figures at the edge of a number of his pictures, in order to close off the scene.