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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo c.1735-38

Oil on canvas | 46.4 x 78.4 x 2.1 cm | RCIN 400715

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Santi Giovanni e Paolo was the principal Dominican church in Venice. On the left is the Scuola Grande di San Marco; in the centre Andrea Verrocchio’s (1435–1488) sculpture of Bartolomeo Colleoni. Canaletto worked out the composition in a sketchbook, making adjustments so that both the bridge on the left and the houses on the right could be included. The fall of light would be impossible in reality.