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Details of gondola on a Venice canal
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An imagined view with the pavilion and courtyard of a villa


RCIN 907544

Many noblemen, including Smith who had a small villa at Mogliano, owned country houses on the Venetian mainland. Canaletto made several capriccio drawings based on the pavilions and courtyards of the villas that he drew during a sketching trip along the Brenta in the early 1740s. This sheet shows a courtyard scattered with barrels and pans, conjuring a sense of everyday life.

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