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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A capriccio of a ruined arch on the shores of a lagoon c.1740-60

RCIN 907533

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The arch appears to be imaginary – while its proportions echo Roman arches, the details are a confection of classical and renaissance motifs. To the right the view opens onto the lagoon, with a domed church on the horizon.