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Antonietta Brandeis

Venice: A View of the Piazza San Marco

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 USD

45

46

Antonietta Brandeis

Antonietta Brandeis

Venice: A View of the Piazza San Marco

Venice: A View of the Piazza San Marco

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 USD

Lot sold:

441,000

USD

Antonietta Brandeis

Miskovice 1849 - 1926 Florence

Venice: A View of the Piazza San Marco


oil on canvas, unlined

47 ½ by 79 in.; 120.6 by 200.7 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, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This work is in remarkably good condition. The canvas is unlined and still stretched on its original stretcher. There is a small reinforcement on the reverse corresponding to a small restoration in the colonnade on the right above the tan curtains. There are no retouches in the sky. There is one unrestored half inch long loss in the upper left sky, and an unrestored tear in the lower left about 6 inches from the bottom edge and 3 inches from the left edge. The painting may be slightly dirty, but it does not necessarily need to be cleaned.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Most probably, P. Serafini, Antonietta Brandeis 1848-1926, exhibition catalogue, Turin 2010, pp. 15, 25. 
Most probably, Turin, Esposizione Generale Italiana, 1884, no. 337 ("La piazza di S. Marco").

This magnificent view of a sunlit Piazza San Marco in Venice is one of Antonietta Brandeis’ largest and most accomplished works. It is a true celebration of her luminous and colorful palette as well as her keen eye for detail, visible in the crisp rendering of the iconic setting and the lively array of individual figures that animate the scene. Of grand dimensions, this unlined canvas has survived in beautiful condition and offers an unobscured and captivating view that transports audiences to a summer’s day in Venice in the early 1880s.


This is almost certainly the painting titled “La piazza di S. Marco” that Brandeis exhibited at the 1884 Esposizione Generale Italiana in Turin. According to Paolo Serafini, a high price was placed on that painting (5,000 Lire), described as being of large dimensions painted with great diligence (grande formato e di forte impegno).[1] The size of this work and its important frame, typical of the period, suggests that this painting was always intended for public exhibition. 


Antonietta Brandeis was a Czech artist, who traveled to Venice from Prague with her widowed mother in 1860. In 1867, she enrolled in l'Accademia di Belle Arti, where she was a successful pupil and graduated at the top of her class as one of only two female students. While Brandeis devoted much of her oeuvre to smaller scale Venetian vedute , which were the perfect memento for tourists visiting Venice as part of the Grand Tour, it is in the examples such as the present that her trailblazing achievements are on full display. 


1. Serafini 2010, pp. 15, 25.