View of the Ducal Palace in Venice (c. 1755) by Canaletto

View of the Ducal Palace in Venice - Canaletto - c. 1755

Artwork Information

TitleView of the Ducal Palace in Venice
Datec. 1755
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions20 1/16 x 32 11/16 in (51 x 83 cm)
Current LocationUffizi, Florence

About View of the Ducal Palace in Venice

Canaletto’s painting of the Ducal Palace in Venice depicts a traditional Venetian ceremony in 1732. It is considered a masterful depiction and is one of the most iconic waterfront vistas of the city. The painting is saturated with the moisture of the canals and seawater, and Canaletto repeatedly used ordinary Venetians and parts of the city that were popular among tourists as inspiration for his paintings.

The painting features the Ducal Palace and the Piazza San Marco, one of the most famous landmarks of Venice. Canaletto painted the scene before 1755 as the Clock Tower visible across the Piazza does not have the changes made to it that same year. His use of line is an important visual tool which directs the composition of the piece.

Canaletto was an Italian painter from the Republic of Venice, and his painting of the Ducal Palace is classified as Baroque veduta. The painting can be found in the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, and the El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX. Overall, the View of the Ducal Palace in Venice is a remarkable piece of artwork that showcases Canaletto’s mastery of his craft and his love for his hometown of Venice.

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