Canaletto displayed the Piazza as the actual center of activity in the city. The Venetians go to their business, alone or in groups, wealthy or workers, children and even dogs. Clothes are drying on some palace windows.
In the early 1730s, Canaletto works better on the effects of light and shadow. The sunny atmosphere of the Piazza is perfect in the oil on canvas 59 x 92 cm for sale by Sotheby's in London on December 3, lot 11 estimated £ 5M. The topographical accuracy of the monuments is very good.
I invite you to play the video shared by Sotheby's :