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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A Capriccio View with Ruins c.1742-44

Oil on canvas | 52.7 x 65.9 cm | RCIN 405079

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This composition combines imaginary and real architecture in a picturesque setting. Both this painting and its pair, on display at the other end of the wall, show a great debt to Marco Ricci’s capriccio paintings, which Canaletto would have been able to study in Smith’s collection.