Saint Mark’s Square in Venice

1740-50, Canaletto

  • © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Sammlung Rau für UNICEF, Foto: Peter Schälchli, Zürich
    Canaletto, Saint Mark’s Square in Venice, 1740-50
    © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Rau Collection for UNICEF, Photo: Horst Bernhard

About the Work

Oil on canvas

58.5 x 103 cm

Canaletto (real name: Giovanni Antonio Canal) depicts Saint Mark's Square bathed in light under a bright blue sky. It is enlivened by market stalls, merchants and passers-by: a souvenir painting for tourists, many of whom visited Venice on the way to Rome in the course of a Grand Tour in the eighteenth century. Thanks to these travellers the scenic painter Antonio Canal became the famous Canaletto, a painter of the cityscape, or veduta, who could barely satisfy the tourists' great demand for his work.

Canaletto was born in Venice in 1697 where he died in 1768.

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