View of the Piazzetta San Marco Looking South
View of the Piazzetta San Marco Looking South

View of the Piazzetta San Marco Looking South

Canaletto (Italian, 1697-1768)

Not Currently on View
Image Licensing

This scene of Venice is topographically correct: the view south from the Piazzetta of San Marco is dominated by the west façade of the Ducal Palace on the left and by the Loggetta and Campanile on the right. In the distance, the column of St. Mark and dome and bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore are visible. The masked figures in the square indicate that it is carnival season.

Trained by his father as a painter of theatrical scenery, Canaletto was the most celebrated view painter in Venice during the 18th century. His paintings were especially popular with foreigners, who bought them as souvenirs of their Italian tours.

Prince Franz Josef of Liechtenstein [1726-1781];{1}
By descent through the Princes of Liechtenstein, Vienna, Austria and later Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
(Frederick Mont, New York).{2}
(Newhouse Galleries, New York, New York);{3}
Mr. and Mrs. Elijah B. [1903-1967] Martindale, Indianapolis, Indiana;
given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1953 (53.8).
{1} This painting is said to appear in the 1780 catalogue/inventory of Liechtenstein paintings as no. 195. (This has not yet been verified.)
{2} Mont is listed as an owner in the catalogue raisonné, see W.G. Constable, Canaletto, Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768, Oxford, 1976, 2 vols., cat. no. 58 (ill.) According to an article in Time magazine, "Art: By Appointment Only," 3 August 1970, "Mont was chosen as sole agent by the Prince of Liechtenstein for the sale of masterpieces from his collection."
{3} Newhouse Galleries provided the Martindale's with a folder on the painting, see IMA Historical File (53.8).

Object Information

Canaletto (Italian, 1697-1768)
creation date
about 1735
oil on canvas
21-3/8 x 28-1/2 in. (canvas)
29-3/4 x 37-1/16 x 3-1/4 in. (framed, Optium)
mark descriptions
The painting is not inscribed.
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah B. Martindale
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

You May Also Like