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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Grand Canal looking south from Ca’ Foscari to the Carità c.1726-27

RCIN 401404

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The fifteenth-century Ca’ Foscari, seen in the distance in the previous painting, here occupies the right foreground. In the distance, either side of the masts of a tall ship, are the façade and belltower of Santa Maria della Carità. To the left, brightly lit, is the austere façade of Palazzo Moro-Lin, of unusual width and known as dalle tredici finestre, ‘of the thirteen windows’. Canaletto has widened the canal and straightened the left bank.