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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Capriccio View with Palladio's Design for the Rialto Bridge 1742

Oil on canvas | 90.5 x 130.0 cm | RCIN 404029

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Andrea Palladio published his design for the Rialto Bridge in his architectural treatise I quattro libri dell’architettura, describing it as ‘most beautiful’. Antonio Da Ponte’s (1512-1597) single-arch design was ultimately chosen to be built instead. Canaletto transforms Palladio’s black and white woodcut design into a reality, setting the bridge at a slight angle to make it more three-dimensional and surrounding it with buildings both real and imagined.