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Image of View of a Town with a Bishop's Tomb

Canaletto (aka Giovanni Antonio Canal)
Italian, 1697–1768

View of a Town with a Bishop's Tomb

about 1735–1743; published about 1744–1746
Views, Some Taken from Places, Others Invented (Vedute Altre prese da i Luoghi Altre ideate)

Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Southern Europe, Italian, Venice
Dimensions:
11 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. (29.85 x 30.16 cm)
Medium and Support: Etching on paper
Accession Number: 1970.0011

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Julian Wiener, Mrs. Stanley Newhouse, and James Loeb in honor of their father, Lucien S. Loeb


"View of a Town with a Bishop’s Tomb" was printed from a larger plate that Canaletto cut down for an unknown reason. In fact, the artist also bisected the proper right-hand portion of the plate that he severed from "View of a Town with a Bishop’s Tomb". The smallest fragment of the plate exists in only one impression. The vertical plate exists in only one state, but the "View of a Town with a Bishop’s Tomb" was worked into a second state through the addition of lines in the buildings on the right bank of the river, the hills in the distance, and the fountain basin by the tomb. Consequently, this portion of the plate tends to print somewhat darker than the other pieces. Of the three fragments, this is the most effective composition, although it feels incomplete without the two proper right-side parts of the large plate. Still, as Suzanne Folds McCullagh has observed, it demonstrates a “successful evocation of substance and recession in space. Calligraphic freedom enlivens but does not overwhelm the harmony of the scene.”

See "Italian Master Prints of the 18th Century: Selections from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr.," exh. cat., (Montgomery: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1984), 21-22.

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