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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute 1744

Oil on canvas | 126.9 x 205.0 cm | RCIN 404397

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This is probably Canaletto’s last great depiction of this popular view. The church of Santa Maria della Salute, built by Baldassare Longhena (1597–1682) as a votive church after the plague epidemic of 1630–31, is in shadow. A shaft of morning sunlight spreads across the water of the Canal on to the buildings opposite, which are lower in height, accentuating the mass of the Salute.