- Pietro Bellotti
- Venice, the grand canal at the entrance to the Cannaregio with the church of San Geremia and the Palazzo Labia
- Oil on canvas
Private collection, Venice
Acquired from the above ("Dal Piano Nobile di Palazzo Contarini di Corfù Scamozzi"), Sotheby's, Milan, June 23, 2009, lot 45
Charles Beddington Ltd., London
Acquired from the above by A. Alfred Taubman in March 2010
Bellotti is first documented in Toulouse in 1749 but was almost certainly born in Venice, probably around 1725. Like his brother and uncle, the artist specialised in views of Italian cities, and exhibited his works at the Paris Salon in 1755, 1760, 1765, 1774 and 1790, usually working in a blonde palette. Many of his views are based on engravings by both Michele Marieschi and Antonio Visentini. The present work follows Visentini's print of 1735 but introduces an additional boat with a mast in the foreground and a quay with figures in the lower right corner.