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Artists in Venice

Canaletto was one of many artists working in Venice, a flourishing artistic community in the eighteenth century. Joseph Smith was one of the greatest art patrons in the city. He knew many Venetian artists personally, and all of the paintings in this exhibition were part of his vast collection. These works filled his palazzo on the Grand Canal and his country retreat at Mogliano on the Venetian mainland.

Sebastiano Ricci (1659–1734) was highly regarded both in Venice and throughout Europe. He worked in the esteemed genre of history painting, taking his subjects from the Bible, history, literature and mythology. His paintings continued the tradition of Venice’s great history painters from the sixteenth century. Ricci was especially influenced by the paintings of Paolo Veronese (1528–88), which could be seen in churches and palaces all over Venice.

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Adoration of the King

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The head of Simon the Pharisee

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Sacrifice of Polyxena

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Two heads

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Studies for the Feast of Silenus

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Communion of St Lucy

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Head of Christ and St John

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Sacrifice of Polyxena

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Finding of Moses

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1682-1754)

A boy with a dog

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1682-1754)

Two girls with a bird-cage and a youth with a staff