FRANCESCO ZANIN | VENICE, VIEW OF THE PALAZZO DUCALE; VENICE, VIEW OF THE SCUOLA GRANDE DI SAN MARCO
Nove 1824 - 1884 Venice
VENICE, VIEW OF THE PALAZZO DUCALE;
VENICE, VIEW OF THE SCUOLA GRANDE DI SAN MARCO
The former signed and dated lower left: Zanin Fran:co. 1862;
The latter signed and inscribed lower left: 13 Zanin Fran:co
a pair, both oil on canvas
the former: 17⅝ by 25¾ in.; 44.8 by 65.5 cm.
the latter: 17⅝ by 25⅝ in.; 44.7 by 65.2 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
Both of these works are in excellent condition. Both canvases have European glue linings. The texture of the original paint is still lively in the architecture. There are very few retouches to either picture. In the composition of the ducal palace, there are a few retouches in the far right in the shadow beyond the bridge. There are a few other isolated retouches, but none of any significance. There is very slight thinness to the paint in a few of the dark windows of the palace.
In the composition of the Scuola Grande di San Marco, there are only a few tiny spots of retouching in the upper left sky. Although a few small marks show strongly under ultraviolet light in the darkest colors in the gondolas on the edge of the canal, this does not seem to correspond to retouching. The works should be hung in their current condition.
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Francesco Zanin is renowned as a painter of Venetian scenes, and was a faithful follower in the great tradition of vedute established in the previous century by Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto, and his pupil and nephew Bernardo Bellotto.
In response to the great demand for these types of paintings, Zanin repeated some compositions several times – he executed 33 versions of the view of the Scuola Grande di San Marco (the present is numbered 13), closely following a composition first made popular by Bellotto, whose painting from circa 1740 is today in the Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 494).