It is no surprise that the artist Canaletto was trained as a stage designer and scenic painter. He mastered the craft of rendering city views and architecture in perspective. He was able to create a unifying light within these " backdrops" And he knew how to create atmosphere. With these skills under his belt, he was able to paint the most profound images of Venice in his time.
But what most intrigues me are the gesturing actors on his Venetian "stages." They are the groups of figures involved in Venice's daily and celebratory events.
These vignettes of action are put into a new context in "Sixteen Quotes"