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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Piazzetta towards Santa Maria della Salute c.1723-24

Oil on canvas | 172.3 x 136.5 cm | RCIN 405073

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In the centre are the Dogana, or customs house, and the baroque church of Santa Maria della Salute. On top of the column on the right is a statue of St Theodosius, another patron saint. Originally, the column of St Mark was painted on the left, as in the preparatory drawing, but then replaced with a boat’s mast and sail.