|| If you lived in one of these buildings
and leaned out the window, what sounds would you hear? Would the water
smell? What would the weather be like? What activity would interest
you most? Why?
Grand Canal from Palazzo Flangini to Palazzo Bembo.
| Where was Canaletto standing when he painted
this scene? How do you know? What has Canaletto done with his painting
technique to make his buildings seem real? Is he painting a cityscape
or a landscape?
Which gondola do you think would be the
most expensive to ride in? Why? If you needed to get somewhere in
a hurry, which one would you take? Which would you take simply for
pleasure? Which one would be best for carrying a large load? Gondolas
have been called Venetian taxis. Why do you think they are called
This is a painting of the city of Venice, Italy. In what way is
this painting like a postcard today? Why would tourists want to
buy a painting like this? Would it be a good souvenir? What might
be a souvenir of your home town?
|| Compare Grand
Canal to van Gogh's Olive Trees. Which painting
is more realistic? Why? What can you tell
about the personality of each artist and the time period in which
he lived by looking at these paintings? Give reasons for your answers.
|| Vincent van Gogh, Olive
| ART ACTIVITY
Vedute: Details, Details, Details!
Take a trip to your local playground or park and try drawing a souvenir
"vedute." Don't forget that vedute are realistic,
accurate, and detailed . Include as many details as you can see! Try
using linear or atmospheric perspective in your view. If you like,
make your veduta into a postcard. Write an account of your trip on
the back and mail it to a friend.
LANGUAGE ARTS ACTIVITY
Tourists and Travel
- Write a travel brochure for visitors to 18th-century Venice,
using Canaletto's painting as a guide. What would you say to entice
them to come to the city? What are some of the highlights of the
- Imagine that you are a travel writer working on an article
about Venice. Write an account of your travels in Venice. In what
ways has it changed since the days of the Grand Tour? Good travel
writing uses descriptive words about the place, history, personal
experiences, directions to the place, what to see and do, and
the costs involved.
It's inYour Perspective
How did Canaletto manage to create a realistic sense of depth in
this painting? It's all in his perspective.
Try this: Pick a spot in a large room. With your arm outstretched
and a ruler or tape measure in hand, measure how high an object
in the distance appears to be from where you are standing. Measure
the distance from where you are standing to the object. Move closer.
Now measure the object's height again. Does the height of the object
appear to change as you move closer to it? What can you conclude
about how the human eye perceives objects in the distance?
Lines of perspective in Canaletto's
Venice and the Sea
Venice has long been an endangered city, plagued by the instability
of the marshy islands on which it is built. Over the years, the city
of Venice has actually begun to sink, and there have been devastating
floods. Read about and report on the environmental issues facing contemporary
Venice, and find out how people around the world are working to save
this historic city. What might you do to solve some of these problems?
If you were the city planner, how might you have prevented them?
SOCIAL STUDIES ACTIVITIES
Plan Your Grand Tour
Design your own "Grand Tour!" What cities would you include? What
will you learn or discover about each place? (Hint: use the Internet
to look up travel bureaus of each city you will visit). Write the
itinerary for your trip. Where will you go first--what would be
the most logical route to follow? How will you get to each place?
How long will you want to stay in each place? Gather maps and information
about each place you will stop.
Wild about Travel
Some people were obsessed with travel and leisure activities in
the 18th century. Why did people begin to travel so much? What social,
political, economic, and technological factors contributed to this
fascination with travel?
long narrow boat used on the canals in Venice, Italy.
variety of techniques used to create the illusion of three-dimensional
space on a flat surface by mimicking the effects of distance on
human perception. Perspective shows depth and make objects appear
three-dimensional on a two-dimensional surface.
style of art that represent nature accurately as seen by the human
painting, drawing, or print of a whole or particular view of a town
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