D. Succi, Carlevarijs, Gorizia 2015, p. 190, no. 51, reproduced in colour p. 191.
Datable to the mid-1710s, this painting shows the Piazzetta looking towards the Libreria, with the corner of the Palazzo Ducale closing the composition to the right. The success of the design is testified by the five known treatments of the view. The closest version to the present work, at least in terms of the disposition of the some of the foreground figures, is the painting formerly in a Milanese private collection.1
The figure far right is based on a figure study in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The figure far left, as well as the man with his back turned toward us wearing a brown over-mantle in the centre of the composition, are based on drawings by Carlevarijs formerly in the Salamon collection, Milan (figs 1 and 2).2 We are grateful to Matteo Salamon for providing us with images of the two drawings.
1 Succi 2015, p. 190, no. 52, reproduced.
2 Milan 1994, p. 293, nos 103 and 106, both reproduced p. 292.
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