Mestre, c. 1741
Italian, 1697 - 1768
etching on laid paper
41.5 x 59.2 cm; plate: 30.1 x 42.9 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6639)
Showing "le barche", the landing place for boats plying between Mestre on the mainland and the island of Venice
Part of the mainland extension of Venice, Mestre is a modern city that has swelled to overwhelm its historic centre. In the 18th century it was, as now, the last stop on the coast before continuing on to Venice. Canaletto's view shows the area known as the Barche, the landing place for boats travelling between Mestre and Venice.