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Property from a Private Collection

Michele Marieschi

Venice, A View of the Palazzo Ducale from San Marco

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May 22, 04:23 PM GMT

Estimate

200,000 - 300,000 USD

Lot Details

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Property from a Private Collection

Michele Marieschi

Venice 1710 - 1743

Venice, A View of the Palazzo Ducale from San Marco


oil on canvas

canvas: 21 ½ by 32 ¾ in.; 54.6 by 83.2 cm.

framed: 22 ½ by 33 ¾ in.; 57.2 by 85.7 cm.

Acquired in Venice by Henry Howard (1694-1758), 4th Earl of Carlisle, Castle Howard, circa 1738-1739;

Thence by descent to George James Howard (1843-1911), 9th Earl of Carlisle;

From whom acquired by Duveen, 1898;

Lefranc collection, Paris;

Henri Lehmann, Paris;

His sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 12-13 June 1925, lot 41 (as Canaletto);

Anonymous sale, Monaco, Sotheby's, 16 June 1989, lot 326;

Franco Cesari, Paris;

His sale, Paris, Sotheby's, 29 June 2004, lot 38;

Where acquired by the present collector.

R. Toledano, Michele Marieschi, catalogo ragionato, Milan 1995, p. 58, cat. no. V.5.a, reproduced;

M. Manzelli, Michele Marieschi e il suo alter-ego Francesco Albatto, Venice 2002, cat. no. A.05.03;

D. Succi, La Serenissima nello specchio di rame, splendore di una civilta figurativa del Settecento, L'opera completa dei grandi maestri veneti, Castelfranco 2013, vol. I, p. 249, cat. no. 18;

D. Succi, Michele Marieschi, Opera Completa, Pordenone 2016, pp. 218-220, cat. no. 49, reproduced;

This exquisitely refined work was among the eighteen vedute, or view paintings, of Venice either commissioned or acquired by Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle, during his second trip to Italy between 1738 and 1739.1 Marieschi subtly marries a diffuse luminosity with a graphic elegance, thereby conjuring an image of La Serenissima with both architectural precision and atmospheric enchantment.


Marieschi produced at least three other painted versions of the scene captured from the same vantage point as well as an engraving that he later included in his anthology of views of Venice, the Magnificentiores Selectioresque Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus, published in 1741. The ships and figures, likely executed by Francesco Simonini (among Marshall Mattias von der Schulemburg's artistic entourage), vary among the compositions. The present work includes three golden gondole belonging to Luigi Pio of Savoy, the Austrian Ambassador to Venice beginning in 1732.


1 Anton Maria Zanetti lists the work as "Veduta delle Prigioni et Ponte della Paglia con Palazzo Ducale, Piazzetta & con diverse gondole degli Ambasciatori in lontananza." See D. Succi, Michele Marieschi, Opera Completa, Pordenone 2016, fig. 34.