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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Piazza looking north-west with the narthex of San Marco c.1723-4

Pen and ink, pencil | 23.3 x 18.0 cm | RCIN 907444

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The four other paintings in the set are in portrait format. The buildings are drawn with a finer nib, and Canaletto drew the shadows over the top with a thick-nibbed pen to convey the dramatic light intended for the finished paintings.