Giovanni Antonio Canal (28 October 1697 – 19 April 1768), better known as Canaletto, was an Italian painter oflandscapes, or vedute, of Venice. He was also an important printmaker in etching. He was the son of the painter Bernardo Canal, he visited England between 1746–56 and he is famous for his urban landscapes of Venice. He is very famous for his scenes, usually associated with "evocative views of the city". The Stonemason´s Yard, was his finest work around 1725 and was presented by Sir George Beaumont in 1823/8.
Canaletto, together with Giambattista Pittoni, Giovan Battista Tiepolo, Giovan Battista Piazzetta, Giuseppe Maria Crespi and Francesco Guardiforms the ultimate group of Venetian old master painters.