Palazzo Pesaro (Primary Title)
The Palazzo Pesaro (Former Title)

Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto, Italian, 1697 - 1768 (Artist)

after 1755
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 15 1/8 x 18 7/8 in. Framed: 20 3/4 x 24 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
This is one of four known close-up views focusing on private palaces belonging to one of Venice’s patrician families that Canaletto completed sometime after he returned permanently to the city in 1755 from nearly a decade in England. Their modest dimensions and portrait-like representations of a single edifice appear to be a departure from other works in the later career of this artist reputed for his panoramic city views. Canaletto was likely attempting to establish a niche market among an aristocratic milieu that strongly preferred religious and historical subjects in painting. In this work, Canaletto assumed a point of view almost directly opposite one of several palazzi belonging to the prominent Pesaro family, thereby according absolute importance and dignity to the story-high columns, arched windows, and other sculptural features of the 17th-century Palladian-style facade designed by the innovative Baroque architect Baldassare Longhena (1598–1682).
The Jordan and Thomas A. Saunders III Collection

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