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Architectural study of the Northern Facade of the Basilica di San Marco opposite S. Basso in Venice

Architectural study of the Northern Facade of the Basilica di San Marco opposite S. Basso in Venice

Bernardo Bellotto (in circa 1740-1746)

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Until recently it was thought that this drawing was by Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. We now know that it was in fact made by his nephew Bernardo Bellotto, who also called himself Canaletto. He left Italy in 1746 to work as a court painter, firstly in Dresden and later in Warsaw. He is best known for his large painted views of these two cities. This drawing of the north façade of the San Marco in Venice demonstrates the enormous precision with which Bellotto prepared his cityscapes.

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Title Architectural study of the Northern Facade of the Basilica di San Marco opposite S. Basso in Venice
Material and technique Black chalk, pen and brown ink
Object type
Drawing (recto) > Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 294 mm
Height 445 mm
Artists Tekenaar: Bernardo Bellotto
Vroegere toeschrijving: Canaletto
Accession number I 326 recto (PK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Age artist Unknown
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Exhibitions Italiaanse tekeningen in Nederlands bezit (1962)
Piranesi . Canaletto . Tiepolo: prenten uit de collectie Bierens de Haan, een keuze van oud-directeur J.C. Ebbinge Wubben (2006)
De Collectie Twee - wissel III, Prenten & Tekeningen (2009)
Material
Object
Geographical origin Italy > Southern Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Venice > Veneto region > Italy > Southern Europe > Europe

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Bernardo Bellotto

Venetië 1720/01/30 - Warschau 1780/10/17

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