An Extensive View of the Molo, Venice, Looking Towards the Riva degli Schiavoni

An Extensive View of the Molo, Venice, Looking Towards the Riva degli Schiavoni
Luca Carlevarijs (Italian, 1665-1731)
c. 1700
Oil on canvas 
33-1/4 x 64-1/4 in. (84.5 x 163.2 cm) 
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The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Venice was a favorite subject of Italian view painters, and Luca Carlevarijs was the first to popularize this genre through his paintings and illustrations. A native of Udine in north-eastern Italy, Carlevarijs’ taste for painting and architecture was likely based on his father’s profession as a painter and designer. His paintings and engravings frequently included the most important monuments of the subject city—in this case, Venice.

In this cityscape, the foreground opens onto the Molo (jetty) with its two granite columns, and continues in the distance on the broad promenade of the Riva degli Schiavoni, which stretches out before us in the foreground. In etching as in paint-ing, Carlevarijs accomplished more than just a visual record of the city’s monuments; he captured the appearance of the city itself, much like a chronicler. In doing so, he established for the entire Settecento (eighteenth century) the iconographical and pictorial conventions of the Venetian veduta, or cityscape.


?The artist, Leghorn, ?sold to;
Christopher Crowe, Kiplin Hall, near Scorton, Yorkshire (British Consul in Genoa, 1720-30), by inheritance to;
Robert Crowe, Kiplin Hall, near Scorton, Yorkshire, by inheritance to his daughter;
Sarah Crowe, Kiplin Hall, near Scorton, Yorkshire, later married to John Delaval Carpenter, 7th Earl of Tyrconnell, by inheritance to ;
Admiral Walter Cecil Carpenter, by inheritance to his daughter;
Mrs. Christopher Turnor; by 1955, by descent to her niece;
Bridget Talbot, Kiplin Hall, near Scorton, Yorkshire, by 1964 (sale, Christie's, London, 26 November 1971, lot 73, ill., to);
[Herner Wengraf, Ltd., London];
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