The present painting is wholly characteristic of Richter’s Venetian repertoire. An expansive scene is set beneath a clear blue sky defined by clouds with soft pink undertones. The restrained yet crisp palette of the setting, which lacks harsh shadows, contrasts pleasingly with the vibrant costumes of the various figures that animate the central foreground. The placement of the boat that holds these figures, as well as a nearby vessel with an imposing mast in the immediate foreground was a technique that Richter often employed to increase the sense of depth and space within his paintings.2 Such a technique has been expertly employed in the present work, which, despite being an imaginary scene, seems to fully engross audiences in the beauty of 18th-century Venice.
1 View of the Piazza San Marco and View of the Grand Canal near Santa Lucia, both signed and dated 1717, Osveld Sirén collection, Stockholm.
2 For example, see Constable 1962, reproduced plate 9d and plate 10d.
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