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    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 268

    Luca Carlevaris (Udine 1663-1730 Venice)

    The Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal, Venice, with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi

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    Luca Carlevaris (Udine 1663-1730 Venice)
    The Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal, Venice, with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi
    oil on canvas
    17½ x 26½ in. (44.5 x 67.4 cm.)


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    Carlevarijs published as series of etchings entitled Le Fabriche, e Vedute di Venetia Disegnate, Poste in Prospettiva, et Intagliate da Luca Carlevariis con Privilegii in Venetia in 1703 (A. Rizzi, Luca Carlevarijs, Venice, 1967, pp. 102 and 114-18), which greatly enhanced his renown. This hitherto unpublished view closely corresponds with no. 57 in this volume (ibid., p. 115, fig. 105). The painting differs in perspective and certain details from the etching; the view is enlarged to allow for the inclusion of three monumental buildings, the Rialto bridge; the 16th century Palazzo dei Camerlenghi; and the Palazzo Michiel dalle Colonne. This topographical view is brought to life through the inclusion of lively figure groups, highlighting the bustling daily life of Venice. Some of the figures have been lifted from Carlevarijs' bozzetti in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, including the lady descending the staircase covering her face with a fan; the craftsman at the balustrade; and the sailor near the wharf.

    A preparatory drawing of this painting survives in the British Museum, London (see fig. 1; ibid., p. 98, fig. 106).

    To be sold with a certificate from Professor Dario Succio confirming the attribution to Carlevarijs, and dating the picture to the first half of the first decade of the 18th century.

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    Literature

    To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist by Professor Dario Succi.