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Churches and Squares of Venice

This series of drawings depicts Venetian churches and squares (campi). It includes some of the most famous sights in the city, such as the Piazzetta and the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, as well as less obvious locations, such as San Giovanni Battista dei Battuti on the island of Murano.

The drawings are in a uniform style, carefully executed and (mostly) of a standard size. All of the compositions are derived from paintings executed by Canaletto in the earlier 1730s. Canaletto took pains to harmonise the drawings, manipulating the perspective to disguise the radically different angles of view, from ‘long shots’ of 20º to wide angles of around 120º.

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: Campo San Francesco della Vigna

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: The Campanile under repair

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: The Piazzetta, looking north

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: The Molo from the Bacino

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: The Rialto bridge from the south-west

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Murano: San Giovanni Battista dei Battuti

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: San Simeon Piccolo

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: The entrance to the Arsenale

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: Campo Santa Maria Formosa

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: Campo Santo Stefano

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: The Redentore

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: San Pietro di Castello