Giovanni Antonio canal (ital. Giovanni Antonio Canal), also known under the name Canaletto (ital. Canaletto; October 18, 1697, Venice — April 20, 1768, Venice) — Italian painter, the head of the Venetian school of vedutismo, master of urban landscapes in the style of academism.
In 1719 visited Rome, where he became acquainted with the works of famous vedutista Giovanni Paolo Panini. Then began writing his famous views of Venice. The first known researchers work Channels with the author's signature is "an Architectural Capriccio" (1723).
Unlike most artists of the time, Canaletto in the early stages of his work he wrote his views (Veduta) directly from nature, without making preliminary sketches and thumbnails. Subsequently he began to write in the Studio, using the camera obscura.