Lot 4
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Friedrich Nerly

60,000 - 80,000 GBP
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  • Friedrich Nerly
  • The Palazzi Contarini-Fasan and Contarini, Venice
  • signed F. Nerly lower left
  • oil on canvas
  • 55 by 45cm., 21½ by 17¾in.

Catalogue Note

Nerly's view looks east along the bustling Grand Canal towards the Lagoon. Dating from the fifteenth century and built in the high Gothic style, the Palazzo Contarini-Fasan (the building with the triple-arched window on the first floor) is traditionally known as the home of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello.

Born Friedrich Nehrlich in Erfurt, Nerly moved to Hamburg at an early age following the death of his parents, where he became the protegé and pupil of artist and patron Baron Carl Friedrich von Rumohr. In 1828 Rumohr sponsored Nerly's first trip to Italy, which the young artist chose to adopt as his home. He spent the first six years in Rome, before settling permanently in Venice. He became so assimilated into Venetian culture that he italianised his name from Nehrlich to Nerly.