Hendrik Frans van Lint, called Lo Studio
- Hendrik Frans Van Lint, called Lo Studio
- Venice, a view of the Piazza San Marco with the Piazzetta
- signed and dated lower left: ...van Lint detto. / 17..
- oil on canvas
- 47,6 x 72,7 cm
With Colnaghi, London;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, December 10, 1986, lot 41 (sold as a pair with The Piazza del Popolo, Rome);
With Richard Green, London;
By whom (anonymously) sold, New York, Sotheby's, January 14, 1988, lot 160 (sold as a pair with The Piazza del Popolo, Rome);
There purchased by a private collector and anonymously sold, New York, Sotheby’s, 27 May 2004, lot 112, where acquired.
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Van Lint here provides a panoramic aerial view of the architectural complex encompassing the columns of Saints Mark and Theodore, the Biblioteca Marciana, the Campanile, and Saint Marks’s Cathedral. Though topographically impossible from a single vantage point, such a sweeping composition in which all of the main architectural elements of the piazza are shown, would have surely enticed a Grand Tour visitor seeking to commemorate their visit to the most heralded site in Venice.
Van Lint's Venetian views are rare, and it is generally surmised that he never visited Venice, but rather based his views of the city on drawings and engravings by other artists. His Venetian vedute were sometimes conceived as pendants to views of Rome. Indeed, the present painting was paired with a view of the Piazza del Popolo, Rome (see lot 316), though it is not known if they were originally conceived as a pair or brought together at a later date. Other such paired examples include a Bacino Di San Marco, with the Doge’s Palace and the Entrance to the Grand Canal and The Tiber, With Castel Sant’Angelo and Saint Peter’s, both sold London, Sotheby’s, 7 July 1993, lots 64-65.
At the time of the 1976 sale (see Provenance), the present painting was catalogued as dated 1733. However, by the time of the 1986 sale, a precise date was no longer discernable. In 1987, Busiri-Vici (see Literature) listed the present painting as signed and dated 1750.