Aspects of Bellotto’s early technique are evident in this painting: his limpid depiction of the clouds streaking across the blue sky, and the incised vertical lines, serving as guidelines marking out the facades along the canal and plotting the placement of the windows and their shadows cast onto the surface of the water. As one of Bellotto’s earliest views of Venice, this precocious work is an important addition to his œuvre.
1. Inv. no. AE2202; ink and brown wash over pencil, 23.1 by 37.7 cm.; see S. Kozakiewicz, Bernardo Bellotto, vol. II, London 1972, p. 19, cat. no. 17, reproduced p. 21, plate 17.
2. See M. Bleyel, Bernardo Bellotto genannt Canaletto. Zeichnungen aus dem Hessischen Landesmuseum Darmstadt, exhibition catalogue, Darmstadt 1981, vol. II, p. 18, cat. no. 17, reproduced p. 21, fig. 17.
3. W.G. Constable, Canaletto, Oxford 1962, vol. I, reproduced plate 52, fig. 260, vol. II, p. 318, cat. no. 260.
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