The Piazzetta, Venice, Looking North

Artist:
Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian, 1697-1768)
Date:
c. 1740
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

Canaletto began his career as a scene painter in the Baroque theater, designing sets for operas. When he took up landscape, specifically cityscape, he maintained the most appealing qualities of theatrical illusion. Combining a keen interest in linear perspective with a limited palette, Canaletto depicted Venice from every possible vantage point, including this elevated view of the Piazzetta, which leads to the immense Piazza San Marco. The almost photographic impression of the scene results from Canaletto’s arrangement of highly structured forms, such as the white marble pavement design before the Marciana Library, at left, and the artful repetition of architectural elements, with their emphasis on receding horizontal and diagonal lines that converge on a single point: the Torre dell’Orologio.

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);
[Frank Sabin, London];
Thomas Parrington, sold through;
[Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, sold July 1964 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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