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Portico with lantern
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Portico with lantern

Circa 1741-44

Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (1697 - 1768)

Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (1697 - 1768)

Ink on paper

Width: 43.1 cm (plate mark); Height: 29.8 cm (plate mark);


Signed, printed, lower centre & recto:
A. Canal f. V.

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Oppenheimer, Henry; bequest; 1933 (January)

About this work
This view of houses dramatically framed by the arches of a portico does not depict an actual location; it is an imaginary view, or capriccio, skilfully composed by combining invented and real elements. Canaletto appears to have been self-taught as an etcher and developed a highly individual style in his brief period of activity as a printmaker. The tightly packed, wavy parallel lines describing the sky and clouds are typical of his work, vividly conveying the hot, moisture-laden

atmosphere of a summer day in Venice. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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