It was Caprichto Canaletto who wrote in 1765 as a “late” admission to the Academy; her member of the artist was elected two years earlier. The musical genre of capriccio, chosen by the artist, was dictated by the desire to please the jury, which preferred to the banal urban landscapes the pictures that differed in a whimsical fantasy.
“Capriccio with the Colonnade” has become one of the most popular works of Canaletto. The work perfectly illustrates the features of the late Canaletto manner. It was formed in the 1730s. The characteristic evolution of style is clearly traced if the artist’s paintings are viewed “chronologically.” An important place among them is played in the genre of capriccio. Canaletto appealed to them whenever he felt that he was jammed with “fluidity.” In similar works he gave vent to his own imagination.
They are distinguished by their unusual composition and the highest technique of writing. The depth of the perspective created by the artist, the delicate play of light and shadow, the bizarre intertwining of architectural forms – all this causes sincere admiration. However, the most striking detail here is an arched hole in the ceiling and velvet fabric hanging from the railing. On the balcony, we see people admiring the view that opened their eyes. The atmosphere of the picture is permeated with love for Venice. This love has always lived in the heart of Canaletto.