- Year created: c. 1735-44
- Creator: Canaletto
- Country of Origin: Italy
- Dimensions: 129.2 x 188.9 cm
- Collection: Paintings
- Gallery: Great Gallery
These two large views are among Canaletto’s finest paintings. Both represent the Bacino di San Marco - Venice’s inner harbour of Saint Mark’s - from opposite vantage points. They were acquired by the 1st Marquess of Hertford, one of the founders of the Wallace Collection, who travelled to Italy in 1738-39 when Canaletto was at the height of his career. Such views were extremely popular with British Grand Tourists who admired Canaletto’s apparent topographical accuracy and desired views of Venice to take back home as souvenirs.
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The Venetian Views Conservation Project was launched in 2017, in collaboration with the Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge. Its aim is to undertake the most up-to-date technical and scholarly research into each of these captivating paintings, and to clean and restore each picture to its original splendour.
At present, six paintings still need conservation treatment, for which we are still fundraising. If you would like to support this exciting project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org