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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A Capriccio View with a Pointed Arch c.1742-44

Oil on canvas | 53.0 x 67.2 cm | RCIN 405078

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The strong colours, dramatic lighting and threatening sky give this capriccio a strikingly forceful effect. A shaft of light from the right passes through the Colosseum on the horizon. The painting includes buildings and motifs recorded by Canaletto during a trip he made to Padua in about 1740–41.