Imaginary View of Padua

Canaletto (Italian, 1697-1768)

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While reminiscent of Padua, the cityscape is imaginary and accords with the title of the series containing all but three of his etchings: Vedute, altre prese da i luoghi altre ideate (Views, some taken from nature, others invented). The series was dedicated to Joseph Smith, British consul in Venice and Canaletto's long-time sponsor for whom Canaletto had painted a Caprice View with Reminiscences of Padua in the 1730s.

Canaletto's etchings were made with the simple means of sinuous straight lines with no cross-hatching, but they presented strikingly sunlit landscapes beneath tranquil skies and shadowy foregrounds.

Purchased by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1958.

Object Information

Canaletto (Italian, 1697-1768)
creation date
about 1745
11-3/4 x 17 in. (image)
13-1/8 x 18-1/4 in. (sheet)
accession number
credit line
Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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