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Federico del Campo
PERUVIAN
CA' D'ORO, VENICE 
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 287,500 USD
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108
Federico del Campo
PERUVIAN
CA' D'ORO, VENICE 
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 287,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Federico del Campo
1837-1923
PERUVIAN
CA' D'ORO, VENICE 
signed F. del Campo, inscribed Venezia and dated 1885 (lower right)
oil on canvas
20 1/2 by 34 1/2 in.
52 by 87 cm
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Provenance

MacConnal-Mason, London
Property of a Corporation
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, November 4, 2010, lot 3, illustrated 
Acquired at the above sale 

Catalogue Note

The Ca’ d’Oro – properly known as Palazzo Santa Sofia – is among the most immediately recognizable facades on the Grand Canal. Built in the 1430s for the Contarinis – who count eight Doges and numerous ambassadors and dignitaries amongst their lineage – it is one of ten palazzos scattered throughout Venice associated to the family, though by far the grandest. Built by architect Giovanni Bon and his son Bartolomeo (who also built the Ca’ Barbaro; see lot 115), the gilt and polychrome external decorations which once adorned its walls have been lost to time, but the distinctive recessed loggia, quatrefoil windows and combination of medieval and Moorish architectural elements are typical of the Venetian Gothic style.

Del Campo would have stood across the Grand Canal on the Fondamenta Riva Olio to capture this scene. The open courtyard to the right of the Ca’ d’Oro remains to this day, as does a somewhat modernized vaporetto dock in the same location that we see waiting travelers. However, Del Campo has modified the topography to suit his purposes, inserting a sharp bend into the Grand Canal where reality leads it straight. 

Art Treasures of America: The John F. Eulich Collection

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