GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANALETTO (1697-1768)
La Terrazza (The Terrace)

La Terrazza (The Terrace)
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GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANALETTO (1697-1768)
La Terrazza (The Terrace)

C. 1740 to C. 1744 Venetian
POA
Height14.60 cm
5.75 inches
Width21.40 cm
8.43 inches
La Terrazza The Terrace
Bromberg 24 iii/iii
Original etching, c1740-44. Third (final) state, after the posthumous removal of Canaletto’s name from the lower plate border. Trimmed to the plate. Almost imperceptible traces of fold lines. Other small defects verso.

There is a related ink drawing in the Berlin Print Room annotated Vista in Padova esata (Actual view in Padua)

Canaletto dominated topographical painting in Venice in the first half of the 18th century and his vedute (views) were much collected by visiting British grand tourists. This patronage led him to dedicate the first collected edition of his etchings, Vedute, published c1644, to his patron the British merchant Joseph Smith, who was appointed British Consul in Venice in 1744 and arranged for Canaletto to come to England in 1746.
Canaletto had taken up etching in the later 1730’s (and had abandoned the technique by 1746). His thirty-four plates, whether topographical or capriccio views, sparkle with Venetian light and are imbued with the essence of the Rococo.

Literature

Bromberg 24 iii/iii

Provenance

Ex collection: Docteur Dominique Franquet

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