GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANALETTO (1697-1768)
Il Portico con la Lanterna

Il Portico con la Lanterna
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GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANALETTO (1697-1768)
Il Portico con la Lanterna

C. 1740 Venice
POA
Height301.00 mm
11.85 inches
Width433.00 mm
17.05 inches
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).

Provenance

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

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