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Details of gondola on a Venice canal
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The Arco dei Pantani in a fanciful setting


RCIN 907519

Canaletto travelled to Rome early in his career. Although he seems never to have revisited the city, he used Roman subject matter throughout his life, here placing ancient monuments from the Forum in imagined settings. Canaletto used a wide pen nib in the foreground to mark out foliage in thick curlicues, adding to the dramatic sense of overgrowth and decline.

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