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View of Piazza San Marco
18th Century
Giovanni Antonio CANALETTO
Born 1697, Died 1768
View of Piazza San Marco
[Veduta della Piazza San Marco]
Oil on canvas
47 x 77.5 cm  [HxW]
Private Collection

Canaletto immortalised the architecture of Venice for wealthy Englishmen on ‘the grand tour’, elevating the town-scape to high art. He probably used a camera obscura (a box with lens and a mirror to reflect an image onto ground glass). Although his light-filled scene is rendered in great detail, he used ‘artistic licence’ to extend the length of the building.

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