The Piazzetta, Venice, Looking North

The Piazzetta, Venice, Looking North
Artist:
(Giovanni Antonio Canal) Canaletto (Italian, 1697-1768)
Date:
early 1730s
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
29-7/8 x 47-1/8 in. (75.9 x 119.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1964.2.P 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View
Description

A native of Venice, Canaletto began his career as a scene painter in the Baroque theater, designing sets for operas. When he left the theater to take up landscape painting, he probably did more to popularize the image of Venice than any other eighteenth-century artist. Responding to the demand of the numerous visitors to Venice, he created an extraordinary number of view paintings, depicting the city from every possible vantage point. No painter of the time was more popular with the British nobility, and there was a steady flow of Canalettos to England. Canaletto had the unique ability to describe a scene faithfully and accurately and at the same time give it an evocative, personal, poetic quality. His linear precision is complemented by the effect of the bright sunlight, which accents architectural detail and filters into the cool, gray shadows.

Provenance:

Henry Fiennes Pelham Clinton (d. 1794), 2nd Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Clumber Park, Nottingham, by inheritance to;
Thomas (d. 1795), 3rd Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, by inheritance to;
Henry Pelham Pelham-Clinton (d. 1851), 4th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Clumber Park, Nottingham, by inheritance to;
Henry Pelham Pelham-Clinton (d. 1864), 5th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Clumber Park, Nottingham, by inheritance to;
Henry Pelham Pelham-Clinton (d. 1879), 6th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Clumber Park, Nottingham, by inheritance to;
Henry Pelham Archibald Douglas Pelham-Clinton (d. 1928), 7th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Clumber Park, Nottingham, by inheritance to his nephew;
The Earl of Lincoln, Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire (sale, London, Christie’s, 4 June 1937, lot 17, ill., as The Piazzetta of St. Marks, Venice, to);
[F. Sabin, London];
Thomas Parrington.
[Arthur Tooth & Sons, London; sold July 1964 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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