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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Piazza looking north-west with the narthex of San Marco c.1723-24

Oil on canvas | 172.3 x 133.7 cm | RCIN 401037

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An official is reading from a document at the Pietra del Bando, a truncated porphyry column at the corner of the narthex (porch) of San Marco, from where official proclamations were made. A section of the Campanile was overpainted here, to concentrate the weight on the right side of the composition.