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
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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.