Federico del Campo
- Federico del Campo
- A View of the Grand Canal with the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti
- signed F. del Campo, inscribed Venezia and dated 1885 (lower left)
- oil on canvas
- 20 3/4 by 36 in.
- 52.7 by 91.4 cm
Private Collection, Toronto
Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1936
Del Campo's compositions are immediately identifiable through their technical precision, lively brushwork, and luminous palette. The present work’s sweeping, sun-drenched panorama opens onto the Grand Canal, the dome of Santa Maria della Salute visible in the distance. In the foreground, behind a group of vivid blue braccole, or mooring poles, rises the grand, Neo Gothic, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, set between the Palazzo Barbaro and a private garden. Del Campo animates this otherwise serene scene with a few gondoliers and boats making their way up and down the river, an elegant pair of figures seated on a barge at the far right, and a fashionable woman at left shielding herself from the midday sun with a pink parasol as she watches over a group of boys playing in a small boat.