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Grand Canal and art: the most beautiful views

Going through the doors of our luxury properties Venice means entering a landscape that has inspired painters and directors

Our luxury apartments for sale in Venice are like immersed in a real art gallery made up of images that over the centuries the greatest artists in the world  have left us. In fact, there is no corner of this city that has not inspired works disputed by the largest collections in the world.

From Canaletto to Turner, nobody has resisted the charm of the Lagoon and in particular of its main waterway: the Grand Canal. Here are our ten favorite works on this symbolic place in the city.

• "View of the Grand Canal towards Punta della Dogana, from Campo San Ivo"by Giovanni Antonio Canal known as Canaletto. The work is one of many that the great Venetian painter dedicated to the city, with a precision of detail and a depth that leads us directly to eighteenth-century Venice.

- Veduta del Canal Grande verso la Punta della Dogana, da Campo San Ivo - Canaletto

• "Grand Canal in front of Santa Croce" attributed to Bernardo Bellotto has the power to give us a snapshot of Venice in the mid-eighteenth century. The boats that occupy the center of the scene are splendid, including the burchiello that connected the major Venetian cities.

“Upper arm of the Grand Canal with San Simeone Piccolo” by Joseph Mallord William Turner. The English romantic painter does not paint the city, but dreams and fades it. In his works Venice becomes the sensations that we can still feel today by looking at the Grand Canal at nightfall.

•"Grand Canal in Venice" by Pierre Auguste Renoir. In 1881 the French artist looked at the city and the Grand Canal, focusing his gaze on the sea and its many colors, on boats and sails. A sunny, cheerful and busy Venice.

"Grand Canal" by Paul Signac. Even the pictorial current of pointillism paid homage to the Lagoon through its greatest exponent who in 1905 looked at the Grand Canal focusing on the sky and the sea and their sunset colors that are reflected on the domes of San Marco.

- Canal Grande” di Paul Signac

• "The Grand Canal" by Claude Monet. The French impressionist lived the eternal charm of the city in 1908, which he tried to enclose in a series of paintings made from the perspective of Palazzo Barbaro where he resided. This time the protagonists are not the buildings overlooking the canal, but the colors of the water at different times of the day.

"The Grand Canal in Venice" by Umberto Boccioni. At the beginning of the century Venice was a destination and source of inspiration for the greatest painters of the time. Even the greatest exponent of Italian Futurism in 1907 projected his gaze on the Grand Canal on the perspective of the Ca 'd'Oro.

“Venezia n.4” by Vasilij Kandinsky. Although the artist links his name to abstractionism, his vision of Venice and the Grand Canal is actually a beautiful photograph of the Rialto bridge suspended over a deep blue sea that occupies the scene.

- Venezia n.4 di Vasilij Kandinsky

"Boats on Customs" by Oskar Kokoschka. Venice in an expressionist key bears the date of 1948. Boats, gondolas and palaces mingle with the shades of blue while the centerpiece of the scene is the sculpture placed on the Dogana da Mar.

• "Grand Canal" by Andrea Di Robilant. A tracking shot that ends with the poster of the 1943 film that was among the first to have a scene shot entirely in color. The story takes place in the nineteenth century and is dedicated to the dispute between gondolas and the first steamboats. The colors are far from reality but have the charm of a city that can always be looked at from new perspectives while remaining beautiful.

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