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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Canale delle Barche, Mestre c.1740

Pen and ink | 25.5 x 40.7 cm | RCIN 907490

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This drawing shows the landing stage in Mestre that also appears in his etching. Canaletto made many drawings of the townscapes and riverbanks of the Venetian mainland. The drawings were probably not conceived as direct preparatory studies, but later served as sources for Canaletto’s etched plates.