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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: Sant' Elena from San Pietro c.1740

RCIN 907487

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The monastery of Sant’Elena, also shown in the drawing to the right, is here seen looking south from the island of San Pietro. The sparsely populated Lido runs along the entire horizon. The drawing is a masterpiece of monochrome wash, with the strongly lit monastery standing out against the overcast background.