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Federico del Campo (Peruvian, 1837-1923)
Federico del Campo (Peruvian, 1837-1923)

On the Grand Canal, Venice

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Federico del Campo (Peruvian, 1837-1923)
On the Grand Canal, Venice
signed and dated 'F del Campo Venecia 1898' (lower left)
oil on canvas
18 x 28 3/4 in. (45.7 x 73 cm.)
Painted in Venice, 1898
Provenance
Richard Green, London.

Lot Essay

Born in Lima, del Campo traveled to France and was educated in Paris. Later he moved to Italy and devoted himself to painting Venetian vedutas. In Venice he befriended Mariano Fortuny and Gaicomo Favretto who shared with him and interest in portraying the contemporary life of the city. He established himself as a leading painter of Venetian views of the 19th Century and sent his picture to the Paris salons.

This lovely picture, with its luminous and twinkling rendition of the Grand Canal and the richly colored and intricate architecture of the magnificent Palazzos that flank its borders, is a view from Ponte della Accademia and La Punta di Dogana, the old customs house at the mouth of the Canal Grande. Influenced by Canaletto and more specifically by Francesco Guardi, both masters of the Venetian veduta of the 18th Century, del Campo accurately depicts the colorful life of La Serenissima in his canvas.
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