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Title

The Piazza San Marco, Venice

1742-1746

Artist

Canaletto

Italy

17 Oct 1697 – 10 Apr 1768

Artist profile

Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
Alternate image of The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Canaletto
  • Details

    Date
    1742-1746
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    67.5 x 119.0 cm stretcher; 85.0 x 136.0 x 9.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of James Fairfax AC 1996
    Location
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    302.1996
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Canaletto

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection

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    This view of Venice’s most famous square looks towards
    the distant church of San Giorgio Maggiore. On the left
    is the basilica of St Mark’s. From left to right the scene
    also shows the Doge’s Palace, the columns supporting
    the lion of Saint Mark and the statue of Saint Theodore,
    the Sansovino library in deep shadow, the Loggetta and
    Campanile and finally the Procuratie Nuove. Canaletto
    distorts the perspective radically to show all of these
    buildings as if from the same viewpoint.

    The Italo-Byzantine architecture is a reminder of the
    city’s long-held maritime connections with eastern
    Europe, Africa and Asia. The piazza itself is a hive of
    activity; aristocrats stroll, servants talk and market stalls
    are visible. Canaletto painted the square several times,
    doubtless because the site appealed to 18th-century
    tourists in much the same way as it does today.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 14 publications

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    H.J. Spiller, pre 13 Apr 1928, London/England, [frame dealer]

    Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, 13 Apr 1928-04 Jun 1928, London/England, Purchased by Arthur Tooth & Sons from H.J. Spiller, 13 April 1928. Tooth stock no. 8433. Sold to Leggatt Bros., 4 June 1928.

    Leggatt Bros., London, 04 Jun 1928-1939, London/England, [dealer] Purchased by Leggatt Bros. from Arthur Tooth & Sons, 4 June 1928. Leggatt Bros. business records pre 1945 have been destroyed (information from C. Leggatt)

    Christie's London, 14 Apr 1978, London/England, lot no.32, 'Property of a gentleman' £90,000. Letter sent 8 April 2003 by Christie's London on behalf of the AGNSW to the UK address on their records of 1978 (no updated address available on system). June 2003 letter returned by post office 'addresse unknown'.

    Colnaghi U.S.A., 1987, New York/New York/United States of America, Sold to James Fairfax 1987. Letters sent to Colnaghi's 17 October 2001, 15 May 2002 and 15 March 2003 asking for information on when and from whom they acquired the painting. No response.

    James Oswald Fairfax AC, 1987-Jun 1996, Bowral/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of James Fairfax 1996. Purchased by James Fairfax from Colnaghi, New York 1987. On formal loan to AGNSW from February 1988 - June 1996.

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