View of Venice: The Piazzetta Seen from the Riva degli Schiavoni
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
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Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot based this carefully executed view of Venice on studies made during his three-year stay in Italy in the mid-1830s. Although the work was completed in his studio after his return, Corot's magnificent attention to detail is flawless. The meticulous delineation of each stone, of each architectural element, and even of the costumes of the figures peppered throughout the piazzetta, is exceedingly precise. This technical achievement speaks to the influence of Corot's eighteenth-century predecessor, Canaletto, who was well known for his spectacularly detailed Venetian views, or vedute. Unusual in Corot's paintings, this fastidious approach to his subject provides an interesting comparison to the artist's more often lyrical and expressive works.


  • Artist Name: Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
  • Title: View of Venice: The Piazzetta Seen from the Riva degli Schiavoni
  • Date: 1835-1845
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 18-3/8 x 27 in. (46.7 x 68.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1973.27.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

[Arnold & Tripp, Paris; 1898].
Van Wessen by 1905.
Charles Deshayes.
Baron Denys Cochin, by 1914.
[Reid & Lefevre, Glasgow, stock no. 468/26; owned jointly with Knoedler, Paris, 1926];
[Reid & Lefevre, London; sold 2 share 14 July 1928 to];
[M. Knoedler & Co., New York; stock no. A274, as Venise quai des Esclavons, sold 2 share 31 January 1930 to];
[Reid & Lefevre, London; sold 30 January 1930 to];
[Galerie Raphaël Gérard, Paris].
[Dieterle & Cie, Paris, sold 14 May 1937, for Ff 257,000, to];
[Tedesco Frères, Paris; stock no. 13057, as Venise, Vue du Quai des Esclavons, sold 14 May 1937, for Ff 300,000, to];
Maurice Coutot (b. 1901), 21 blvd. St Germain, Paris.
?Private collection, Paris.
Michaux, Paris.
[Art Moderne la Gradelle; sold June 1970 to];
[Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, stock no. 6408, sold 26 September 1973 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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Additional Artwork by Artist

Farm Building at Bois-Guillaume, near Rouen Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot c. 1823-1824
La Cigale (The Grasshopper) Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot 1865-1875
Rebecca at the Well Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot 1838-1839

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