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The Libreria, before 1741

Canaletto
Italian, 1697 - 1768
etching on laid paper
43.4 x 57.2 cm; plate: 14.4 x 21.3 cm
Purchased 1956
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6641a)

Sansovino's library, with the campanile on the right and the "loggetta" lacking the bronze gates which were added in 1742
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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