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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A reliquary in the north transept of San Marco c.1735

Pencil, pen and ink | 26.9 x 18.8 cm | RCIN 907431

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The drawing shows a sarcophagus under a canopy in the north transept of San Marco, surrounded by votive candles and kneeling worshippers. It possibly shows a reliquary containing the femur of the Blessed Doge Pietro Orseolo (AD 926–987), who was canonised in 1731.