The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico.
Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired in the 1960s) Thence by descent to the present owner
Giorgio De Chirico first exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1924. He would return to the city various times, where the light and architecture served to inspire the artist to paint a series of views of the most famous landmarks of the city.
The canvas is not lined and UV examination does not appear to reveal traces of retouching. There are two pinholes to all fours corners, and a small cluster of pinholes to the lower left corner. There is some gentle frame rubbing to the edges. The canvas is gently undulating towards the upper left corner. There are some fine lines of stable craquelure towards the centre of the campanile, towards the left, and some fine shrinkage to the centre of the sky. There is a tiny spot of pigment loss to the centre of the extreme right edge. This work is in overall very good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."