Italian paintings

The Rialto bridge / Piazza San Marco

Giovanni Antonio Canal dit Canaletto
Venise, 1697 - Venise, 1768

Around 1740, oil on canvas, 76 x 45 cm
Picture Gallery

During the 18th century, Venice had two great veduta artists, both present in the Jacquemart-André collection.  Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, was the first. He concerned himself with rendering the most popular views of the Republic of Venice with the greatest accuracy. It is no surprise to find the Piazza Saint Marco and the Rialto Bridge here. The existence of countless replicas meant that the real qualities of these paintings were doubted. Appropriately, experts have recently agreed that Edouard André had a great eye for art, as he had bought them as originals.

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