We are grateful to Mr. Charles Beddington for endorsing the attribution based in photographs.
This luminous pair of paintings masterfully portrays two of the most iconic views of the city of the Doges, the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal. The painter, the Master of the Langmatt Foundation, is named after a group of thirteen Venetian views belonging to the eponymous foundation in Baden, Switzerland. On the basis of correspondence between a Venetian art dealer, Giovanni Maria Sasso, and Sir John Strange, Dario Succi has proposed an identification of the artist with a certain Apollonio Facchinetti, called Domenichini, active in Venice, where he joined the Fraglia
in 1757. It is possible that he was the student of Luca Carlevarijs, Michele Marieschi or perhaps of Francesco Albotto. If Succi's attractive theory is not currently unanimously accepted, albeit convincing, it is in any case clear that this coherent ensemble combines the strong influence of such leading veduta
painters as Canaletto, Francesco Guardi or, again, Michele Marieschi, with undeniably original aesthetic qualities.
Visibly very popular within the corpus of the Master of the Langmatt Foundation, these two compositions were known through other autograph versions (see for example, for the View of the Piazza San Marco
, anonymous sale, Sotheby's London, 4 December 2014, lot 234, sold for £206,500; for the View of the Grand Canal toward the Rialto
, anonymous sale, Sotheby's Paris, 5 November 2014, lot 141, sold for €115,500).
Note regarding the provenance:
Roger G. Gompel was a renowned collector of Impressionist Art in France at the beginning of the twentieth century. He was the director of the Paris-France Society, the company that owned several department stores including Les Trois Quartiers and Aux Dames de France. Several major artworks from his collection are now located in some of the most prestigious museums such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.
 D. Succi, « Apollonio Domenichini: il Maestro della Fondazione Langmatt », Da Canaletto a Zuccarelli, cat. exh., Udine, 2003, pp. 103-107.