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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Capriccio with a monumental staircase c.1740-60

Pencil, pen and ink and wash | 36.3 x 53.1 cm | RCIN 907564

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This sheet is one of Canaletto’s largest and most elaborate capriccio drawings. The sharply receding loggia on the left is approached by a succession of staircases leading in all directions. Three monumental urns sprouting foliage dominate the foreground, with a couple standing at the top of the steps.