AFTER GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, CALLED CANALETTO
THE CLOCK TOWER IN THE PIAZZA SAN MARCO, VENICE
oil on canvas
canvas: 28½ by 40 in.; 72.4 by 101.6 cm.
framed: 36¼ by 47¼ in.; 92.1 by 120 cm.
Canvas is lined. Painting presents a strong image that reads well and is in overall good condition. Some frame abrasions are along the edges, like upper right corner, though these are not distracting. There are about 4 small dots of loss that are barely visible in the bottom left corner. Inspection under UV reveals finely applied retouches addressing old craquelure, mostly to the sky, that are not visible to the naked eye. Some spots of repair in the sky at center right, which have been strengthened on the reverse, fluoresce faintly but are not distracting. Painting can hang in its current state and is offered framed.
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Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 18 July 1996, lot 65;
This painting is a later copy after Canaletto's original in The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City .
1. Oil on canvas, 52.07 by 69.52 cm. See https://art.nelson-atkins.org/objects/12179/the-clock-tower-in-the-piazza-san-marco?ctx=171bb427-a560-4440-938e-e7313cc4f9ec&idx=0