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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 89

    Johan Anton Richter (Stockholm 1665-1745 Venice) and Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (Venice 1675-1741)

    San Michele, Venice, with a boat docking and figures lighting a fire on the shore in the foreground

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    Johan Anton Richter (Stockholm 1665-1745 Venice) and Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (Venice 1675-1741)
    San Michele, Venice, with a boat docking and figures lighting a fire on the shore in the foreground
    oil on canvas
    22 7/8 x 29 1/8 in. (58.1 x 73.8 cm.)


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    This view shows San Michele in Isola as it was following the fire of Holy Thursday in 1485 and the subsequent reconstruction by Mauro Codussi in 1495. In the foreground, figures can be seen applying tar to a boat in order to seal the timber and ensure water resistance. We are grateful to Professor Ugo Ruggieri for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs. Professor Ruggeri notes that the view would have been painted by Johann Richter and the figures by his frequent collaborator, Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini.