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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A capriccio in the courtyard of a villa c.1740-45

RCIN 907544

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The scene is the courtyard of an imaginary villa on the Venetian mainland. To the right is a Renaissance building of an odd scale, conceived as a triumphal arch closed by a huge wooden screen with a door set in below, entered by a man in a frock-coat. In the tympanum is Canaletto’s chevron ‘signature’.