THE MASTER OF THE LANGMATT FOUNDATION VIEWS | Venice, the Piazza San Marco
Property from a European Private Collection
THE MASTER OF THE LANGMATT FOUNDATION VIEWS
active Venice circa 1740-1770
Venice, the Piazza San Marco
oil on canvas
83.5 x 113 cm.; 32¾ x 44½ in.
The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
View of Piazza san Marco
Oil on canvas, in a gilt wood frame with some losses.
The original canvas is lined and the lining is in a good condition.
The paint layer is in a good preserved condition.
There is a small 5 x 0.5 cm repaired L-shaped damage upper left.
Under u-v light a scattering of recent restorations can be detected, particularly to the sky, upper left and right.
There is some thinness to the more vulnerable passages, such as the shadows within the buildings. The paint texture to the highlights of the figures and the clouds is in good original state and fine details remain intact
The naturally thinly painted paving has become more transparent over time allowing the warm ground layer to show through.
Under raking light slight pitted paint loss is apparent.
A residue of old varnish remains in the lower section of the composition, its removal would improve the overall tonality.
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Anonymous sale (‘The Property of a Lady’), London, Sotheby's, 8 July 2004, lot 183, for £89,600;
There acquired by the father of the present owner;
Thence by inheritance.
This archetypal view of Venice by the painter sometimes identified as Apollonio Domenichini – but more commonly known as the Master of the Langmatt Foundation Views – shows San Marco, the city’s principal public square and its social, religious and political centre.
The series of views of Venice at the Langmatt Foundation, Baden, from which the artist's appellation derives, includes a painting of the same composition as this but of smaller dimensions, with differences in the disposition of figures in the foreground and in the sky.1 The present work must have been painted before 1755, the date of the addition of the second attic storey to the Torre del Orologio, the famous clock tower in Piazza San Marco, visible at the end of the arcade on the left.
1 Oil on canvas, 47 x 73 cm.; Mythos Venedig, Z. Häfeli and G. Borghero (eds), exh. cat., Baden 1994, p. 108, cat. no. 42, reproduced p. 109. Another version was sold London, Christie’s, 7 July 2000, lot 82, as one of a pair.