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Venice: the Bacino di San Marco from San Giorgio Maggiore

One of a pair of unusually large views, depicting the Bacino di San Marco from opposing vantage points. This painting, which complements P499, appears to be an exact view of the Bacino di San Marco with the church of Santa Maria della Salute, from the steps of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. It is however a clever composite image of several viewpoints within the courtyard of that church, and includes several campanili (bell towers) of churches that cannot be seen from that vantage point. The figures in the foreground represent different levels of Venetian society; from the seated beggar on the left, the merchants in the centre, and the priest and lawyer engaged in conversation on the right....
c. 1735 - 1744
Oil on canvas
129.2 x 188.9cm
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