“San Lazzaro degli Armeni (Armenian: Սուրբ Ղազարոս Կղզի, Surb Ghazaros Kghzi; English: Saint Lazarus Island) is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy, lying immediately west of the Lido; completely occupied by a monasterythat is the mother-house of the Mekhitarist Order, the island is one of the world’s foremost centers of Armenian culture.” (Wikipedia)
A native of Venice, Canaletto began his career as a scene painter in the Baroque theater, designing sets for operas. When he left the theater to take up landscape painting, he probably did more to popularize the image of Venice than any other eighteenth-century artist. Responding to the demand of the numerous visitors to Venice, he created an extraordinary number of view paintings, depicting the city from every possible vantage point. No painter of the time was more popular with the British nobility, and there was a steady flow of Canalettos to England. Canaletto had the unique ability to describe a scene faithfully and accurately and at the same time give it an evocative, personal, poetic quality. His linear precision is complemented by the effect of the bright sunlight, which accents architectural detail and filters into the cool, gray shadows.