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Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Il Canaletto (Venice 1697-1768)
Property from a French Private Collection
Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Il Canaletto (Venice 1697-1768)

An architectural capriccio

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Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Il Canaletto (Venice 1697-1768)
An architectural capriccio

traces of black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash
8¼ x 13¼ in. (21.1 x 33.8 cm)
Exhibited
Paris, Galerie Miromesnil, Venise au XVIIIe siècle, 1978.

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Lot Essay

Canaletto’s mastery is equally evident in his topographical works, in which he recorded with accuracy – but never drily – the grandeur, beauty and liveliness of the sites he chose to depict, as it is in his capricci, for which he depended on his study of real cities and landscapes to create pleasing imaginary views, some more fanciful than others. The thick, curly lines and skillful use of wash seen in these latter works are typical of the artist’s later graphic style. The present, unpublished example seems to combine elements of the architecture of Venice and Padua, although none can be exactly identified. A closely related drawing is recorded in a New York private collection (see J. Bean, F. Stampfle, Drawings from New York Collections, III, The Eighteenth Century in Italy, exhib. cat., New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1971, no. 160, ill.).

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