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The Piazzetta with La Piera del Bando, before 1741

Canaletto
Italian, 1697 - 1768
etching on laid paper
43.4 x 57.2 cm; plate: 14.5 x 21.1 cm
Purchased 1956
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6641d)

In front of the corner arch of San Marco is the "piera del bando", a massive fragment of Syrian porphyry from which decrees were announced
Canaletto offers four different views around the Piazza San Marco: Jacopo Sansovino's Library across from the Doge's Palace; he Procuratie Nuove, around the corner from the Library, with the church of San Geminiano (destroyed in 1807); the Prisons immediately behind the Doge's Palace (and connected with it by the Bridge of Sighs) along the Riva degli Schiavoni; and finally the long wall of the Doge's Palace and the Piazzetta San Marco. In the fourth plate, a speaker reads a decree from atop the Piera del Bando (the announcement stone), a fragment from a Syrian porphyry column.

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