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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A capriccio with San Marco in the lagoon c.1740-45

RCIN 907432

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A drawing of a view in Piazza San Marco in Venice. On the left is part of the Procuratie Vecchie, and the Torre dell'Orologio - a large clock tower containing an astrological clock. On the right is part of the Basilica di San Marco. Many figures are depic

Venice: The Torre dell'Orologio and part of San Marco ©

Canaletto took the north part of the façade of San Marco, exactly as seen in the drawing to the right, and placed it in the waters of the lagoon. One of the lions from the Piazzetta dei Leoni has been set among architectural fragments on a rough shore in the foreground. In the distance is a city with fanciful towers and a tiered mausoleum.