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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore c.1735-40

RCIN 907482

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The church of San Giorgio Maggiore occupies the most prominent site in Venice, on an island 400m to the south of the Palazzo Ducale, across the Bacino. It was built in the sixteenth century to the designs of Andrea Palladio. A quay in the foreground must be intended to be the Punta della Dogana. The combination of a ‘long shot’ of the church with a wide-angle view of its setting reduces the apparent width of the Bacino.