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Artists in Venice

Canaletto was one of many artists working in Venice, a flourishing artistic centre in the eighteenth century. Joseph Smith (c.1674–1770) was one of the greatest art patrons in the city. He knew many Venetian artists personally, and most of the paintings in this section 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. The taste in Venice at the time was for sets of paintings or framed drawings, densely hung in decorative arrangements and uniformly framed to give a pleasing visual harmony to the collection.

Venetian artists worked in a variety of media and subjects, united by their technical expertise, their appreciation of light and colour and their sense of theatre. The painters Sebastiano Ricci and Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini painted in oil or fresco on a large scale, their narratives taken from history, literature or mythology. Other artists, including Sebastiano’s nephew Marco Ricci and Francesco Zuccarelli, painted landscapes. Like Canaletto, many Venetian artists experimented with the capriccio, combining real elements with the imagined. Encouraged by Smith, Canaletto, Zuccarelli and Antonio Visentini were also part of a group of artists interested in the buildings of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508–80).

Luca Carlevarijs (Udine 1663-Venice 1730)

A Capriccio View with a Harbour

Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676-Venice 1730)

Capriccio with Roman Ruins

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A Capriccio View with Ruins

Francesco Zuccarelli (Pitigliano 1702-Florence 1788)

Landscape with Classical Ruins, Cattle and Figures

Antonio Visentini (Venice 1688- Venice 1782) AND Francesco Zuccarelli (1702–1788)

View of the Pavilion or Bagnio at Eastbury

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Christ and the Woman of Samaria

Luca Carlevarijs (Udine 1663-Venice 1730)

A Capriccio View with a Shipyard

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Colleoni Monument in a Capriccio Setting

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Finding of Moses

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A Capriccio View with a Pointed Arch

Francesco Zuccarelli (Pitigliano 1702-Florence 1788)

Landscape with a Wayside Tavern

Antonio Visentini (Venice 1688- Venice 1782) AND Francesco Zuccarelli (1702–1788)

Capriccio with a view of Mereworth Castle, Kent

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Adoration of the Kings

Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676-Venice 1730)

Landscape with a Woman and Child in the Foreground

Antonio Visentini (Venice 1688- Venice 1782) and Francesco Zuccarelli (1702–1788)

View of Burlington House

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Christ and the Woman who Believed

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Album of drawings

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Two heads

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Adoration of the King

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734) after Antoine Watteau (1684–1721)

Children's heads

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Studies for the Feast of Silenus

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Magdalen anointing Christ's feet

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The head of Simon the Pharisee

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Diana and Callisto

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Sacrifice of Polyxena

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

A design for a monument to Newton

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Communion of St Lucy

Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Feast in the House of Simon