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Canaletto: Venice’s world famous painter on the world stage


At the conclusion of the National Gallery of London’s Delacroix exhibition, Follador served as the official supplier of Prosecco for yet another great artistic event. And it is at times like this we are reminded of what an honor it is to be featured at this great British museum with its rich permanent exhibition which contains works from all over the world. Among these are several paintings by Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, one of the most famous Venetian artists.

Canaletto was very popular with English collectors, partly because he often stayed in Great Britain visiting his friend, Joseph Smith who was a consul in Venice and a wealthy art patron. The subject matter of Canaletto’s paintings likely also contributed to his popularity since in the eighteenth century, Venice was a favorite destination of young English aristocrats doing the Grand Tour of Europe. His landscapes and scenes of Venice’s bustling waterways became a symbol of the Venetian republic and its art.

After a lifetime of travel in the wake of his art buyers, the painter spent the last years of life in Venice, precisely at the same time the honorable doge Alvise IV Giovanni Mocenigo testified to the quality of the wines of John Follador.

Today the works of Canaletto are spread across all the continents in major museums from America to Australia. His work stands as a testimony to how the Italian genius, Venetian in this case, is always striving toward the highest pinnacle. It’s a tradition and vocation Follador constantly tries to live up to as evidenced by the presence of our brand in the most prestigious international contexts.