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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A capriccio with a monumental staircase c.1755-60

RCIN 907564

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This is one of the largest of Canaletto’s drawn capricci. In the foreground is a shaded terrace, from which a staircase descends to meet – somehow – another rising to a highly decorated (and wholly imaginary) loggia, with a shield on its upper corner bearing Canaletto’s chevron. To the right is a compressed view of the Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute as seen from the Molo, though instead of the Giudecca beyond there is an open horizon.