Giuseppe Canella (Italian, 1788-1847)

'Figures In An Italianate Square'

Signed 'Canella' (lower left)

Oil on canvas

29 X 21.1/2in. (73.5 X 54.5cm.)

Condition: Oil on canvas, relined, craquelure, possible surface dirt, a few small retouches, overall good condition.

Canella was trained by his father Giovanni as a fresco painter and set designer mainly decorating stately homes in Verona and Mantua.  It is possible he was influenced by Pietro Ronzoni to take up painting. His first views were not produced until 1815 after a short stay in Venice. He achieved fame in Paris for his works exhibited at the Salon. Canella Returned to Milan in 1832 to devote his energies to paint urban views or contemporary life, very much like the present example.