(b. 1697, Venezia, d. 1768, Venezia)

Padua: The Prato della Valle with Santa Giustinia and the Church of Misericordia (sheet 1)

c. 1740
Pen and ink on two sheets of paper, 271 743 mm
Royal Collection, Windsor

In the early 1740s Canaletto made an important journey outside of Venice along the Brenta canal with Bellotto towards Padua, and executed a number of drawings that were to form the basis of etchings and paintings. The stimulus of new surroundings seems to have had a very positive effect, because these works, although perhaps his least known, can in some cases be counted as the most innovative and attractive.