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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: Piazza San Marco, looking north-east from the Procuratie Nuove c.1745

RCIN 907427

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Canaletto has dramatically enlarged the size of the arches under the Procuratie Nuove – they are in reality no more than 3m (10 ft) wide, and he ‘removed’ a pillar to allow a view both into the Piazza and down the arcade. This is a fine example of Canaletto’s late style, dominated by heavy pen-work, looping figures and a rather artificial overall feel, which was to alter little over the last two decades of his career.