Giovanni Canaletto: A Virtuoso of Venice...Does His Name Ring a Bell?

Born today was Canaletto

He painted Venice (but not its Ghetto)

The palaces on its Canals;

The Campanile with its bells.*

*"Each of the original five bells had names and were rung to signal  specific events: the Maleficio signaled that a capital execution was going to take place.  La Trottiera called magistrates to the Palazzo Ducale; La Nona rang at the ninth hour; The Pregadi announced meetings of the Senate.  The Marangona rang the beginning and ending of the work day and was named after the marangoni, the carpenters, but the term was synonymous for workers." []



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