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Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian, Venice 1697–1768 Venice)
Date: 1720sAccession Number: 1988.162
Pietro Longhi (Pietro Falca) (Italian, Venice 1701–1785 Venice)
Date: 1746Accession Number: 17.190.12
Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice)
Date: ca. 1765–68Accession Number: 1997.117.4
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In the eighteenth century, Venice was principally a place of entertainment, with flourishing opera houses, theaters, and publishers. Tourists from Europe visited the city and returned home with works by prominent Venetian artists. Painting reached a peak of virtuosity and was a major export commodity. While Canaletto and Guardi celebrated the fabled beauty of this most magical of cities, Pietro Longhi cast an ironic eye on the amusements and vices of those living behind its noble palace facades. Other artists, such as Sebastiano Ricci and Jacopo Amigoni, concentrated on religious and mythological subjects.
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