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The first time I came across Canaletto’s work was at the National Gallery of Canada and this was a while back. But, what a joy it was! Canaletto’s work is the absolute epitome of great craftsmanship. It’s very hard to even come close to what Canaletto has done and he used nothing but paint and brush. Now, objective drawing is extremely challenging to master. And anyone who has tried to draw a true 3-d landscape on paper knows that much. Coupled with that fact, Canaletto created all of his works individually, by himself. Unlike some of the bigger names who had relied on assistants and perhaps even entire teams to help them out. (nothing wrong with that either). But this art is special and you have to see it with your own eyes to truly appreciate it. God, what was going on in Europe between the 14th – 17th century. Something amazing, that’s for sure.