Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANALETTO (1697-1768)
Il Portico con la Lanterna (c. 1740 Venice)

Artists/Makers/Factories

GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANALETTO (1697-1768)

Width 433.00mm wide [17.05 inches wide]
Height 301.00mm high [11.85 inches high]

Provenance

Ex collection: G. Uslaub (Lugt 1221)
Paul Prouté (Lugt 2103c)
Dr Dominique Franquet

Description / Expertise

Etching. 3rd (final) state, with the Remondini inventory number FF4.
On laid paper with the Remondini 'R' watermark, issued 1757 or later.
The Portico with the Lantern is one of Canaletto’s most fantastic (in both senses) compositions. He transformed Venice’s flat site into a multilevel one replete with crumbling temples and monuments that are more typical of ancient Rome than the characteristic Gothic vernacular of Venice. It speaks of the romantic fascination of the times for classical remains (Herculaneum had only recently been uncovered) and a notion current at the time that invention and fantasy were the heart of artistic genius.
(Adapted from the text of Terry Marvel for Milwaukee Art Museum’s catalogue Building a Masterpiece).