Federico del Campo is one of the finest late 19th century vedute painters, continuing a long and rich tradition dating back to the 17th century. These paintings were immensely popular in their day and del Campo was joined by Martin Rico y Ortega, Rubens Santoro and Franz Richard Unterberger in focusing his oeuvre on capturing the effects of sunlight on water and architecture in Venice.
Del Campo’s works are notable for their crystalline atmosphere, in which the buildings of Venice are set against a dazzling bright blue sea and sky. His work is executed with great technical precision through the application of short, fine brushstrokes and delicate glazes which give the surface of his paintings a shimmering and luminous quality.
In St. Mark’s Square, Venice the usually busy square is sparsely populated, allowing the artist to focus on detailed renderings of iconic Venetian architecture. With his extraordinary technical skill and a perfect understanding of perspective, del Campo knits together a few individual vignettes of figures in conversation, but the golden splendour of St. Mark’s Basillica and Torre dell'Orologio take the centre stage in this work. Set off against the azure sky, this sparkling snapshot of daily life in Venice establishes del Campo as one of the city's most dedicated and talented devotés.