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Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

Interior of San Marco, Venice

Artist

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
Venice 1697 – Venice 1768

Title

Interior of San Marco, Venice

Date

About 1740-1745

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

44.1 x 31.5 cm

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1945.871

Collection

Western Art

No artist is more closely associated with vedute, the views of Venice, than Canaletto, who attracted the patronage of wealthy tourists at a time when the Grand Tour was becoming fashionable. His paintings were sought after as “souvenirs” for aristocrats and distinguished visitors, and were also prized by those who would themselves have wished to travel to Italy. His views of Venice are often composite studies. He would convincingly manipulate perspective to enhance dramatic effect. These characteristics are apparent in this interior view — unusual in his works — of the famous eleventh-century Byzantine Basilica of San Marco. Rich in ornamentation, the painting is full of incident: a priest officiating at the left, praying worshippers and wandering visitors.

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