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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Venice: The Molo from the Bacino c.1740-45

RCIN 907447

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A drawing of the Rialto bridge in Venice, which crosses the Grand Canal. On the left of the bridge is the Palazzo dei Dieci Savi. To the right of the bridge is the Fondaco dei Tedeschi and Palazzo dei Camerlenghi. The drawing is surrounded by a decorative

Venice: The Rialto bridge from the south-west ©

These two drawings depict perhaps the most famous views of Venice, and are typical of the carefully finished drawings of the city produced by Canaletto throughout his career. What is at first sight a straightforward view is distorted in several respects – for instance, the Campanile (the belltower of San Marco) is too thin, and Canaletto has squeezed the Palazzo Ducale widthways to compress the panorama into a normally proportioned drawing. Exceptionally, the two sheets feature a decorative border drawn by the artist himself.