Canaletto

Saint Mark's and the Clock Tower, Venice

c. 1735-1737
Canaletto helped create the image of Venice that still dominates our imagination: a city of extraordinary beauty, yet anchored in the mundane. Stucco and stone are dulled by weather, and market stalls have been set up in this corner of Saint Mark’s Square, the grandest of spaces. The objectivity is illusory: Canaletto worked from careful drawings made on site, but he would subtly alter detail, perspective and scale when painting in his studio. Here he stressed the regularity and logical structure of the architecture, reinforced by the even light, which draws attention to the surfaces.
Artist
Title
Saint Mark's and the Clock Tower, Venice
Date
c. 1735-1737
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
132.8 x 165.1 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1930
Accession number
3718