MARTÍN RICO | The Church of San Geremia and The Palazzo Labia, Venice
Property from an Italian Private Collection
1833 - 1908
The Church of San Geremia and The Palazzo Labia, Venice
signed Rico lower left
oil on canvas
74 by 45cm., 29 by 17¾in.
framed: 99 by 69.5cm., 39 by 27¼in.
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The canvas is lined and is securely attached to a keyed, four member, wooden stretcher. This is providing a stable structural support.
The paint surface has an even varnish layer.
The paint surface displays scattered networks of raised craquelure which are particularly noticeable within the sky. These are stable. There are slightly raised stretcher bar lines, most notably corresponding to the upper horizontal stretcher member. These are also stable.
Inspection under ultraviolet light shows small intermittent retouchings on and close to the extreme edges of the composition and a few tiny spots within sky in the upper left quadrant.
The painting would therefore appear to be in good and stable condition.
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Purchased in Spain by the present owner
Rico made his name and fortune capturing Venice's elegant architecture and magical setting, his works celebrating the grand facades of the city's most majestic structures along the Grand Canal and its surrounding waterways. He first travelled to Italy in 1872 in the company of the painter Mariano Fortuny. His fascination with light soon led Rico to Venice where he quickly established himself as a hugely able painter of the city's finest views, in what was a very competitive genre undertaken by other nineteenth-century artists including Rubens Santoro.