Piazza San Marco

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 644

The most famous view painter of eighteenth-century Venice, Canaletto was particularly popular with British visitors. This wonderfully fresh canvas depicts the city’s most emblematic location, the Piazza San Marco. Canaletto reduced the number of windows in the bell tower and extended the height of the flagstaffs, but otherwise he took few liberties. In fact, his meticulous documentation of a stage in the square’s paving between 1725 and 1727 helps date this painting.

#5207. Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian, Venice 1697–1768 Venice), Oil on canvas

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