The most widely known and the best of the many engravings after Canalatto’s views of Venice. They were originally commissioned by Consul Smith and based on paintings by Canaletto. The engravings were first published in 1735 in “Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus Celebriores ex Antonii Canal”.
“Self-styled as painter, architect, and engraver, Visentini enjoyed a long career in Venice where he was connected to the Academia and to the artistic and publishing circle centred around Consul Joseph Smith. Visentini’s etchings are distinguished in the confidence and authority of their perspectival projection and etched line. Visentini’s buildings seldom sag and never “sink” under their own weight into the water of the canals as they occasionally might in the work of Carlevaris and Mariechi. Canaletto’s compositions are quite various and are refreshingly dramatic in the contrast between the large foreground buildings and the smaller ones in the receding perspective.
These views were crucial to forming the image of Venice in the mind of its visitors” (Millard).
Engravings after drawings by Canaletto. Overall dimensions 55.5cm by 40.5cm.
Millard Italian 153.
Stock ID: 86500