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The Campo S. Basso: The North Side with the Church (recto); A Market Scene (verso)

Object Details

Title:

The Campo S. Basso: The North Side with the Church (recto); A Market Scene (verso)

Artist/Maker:

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian, 1697 - 1768)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1740

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, over black chalk

Object Number:

2000.9

Dimensions:

43.2 × 29.2 cm (17 × 11 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

Sharply receding to the left, a row of buildings with shops along the ground floor exhibits a multitude of architectural details. This view of the north side of Saint Mark's Square features its celebrated clock tower, topped by bronze figures that strike the hours. Yet the church bells on the far right actually belong to a rooftop two buildings away. By moving the bells to the side of the drawing, Canaletto emphasized the receding perspective. He frequently distorted and rearranged monuments to suit his refined sense of composition.

Canaletto probably enlisted the aid of a camera obscura, a ruler, and a compass to produce this sketch, reworking it later in his studio. He often referred to drawings for guidance and inspiration. He may also have used this sketch as a pattern for a larger painting from his workshop. Canaletto left many notes on the sketch, including one to remind himself of the drawing he made on the verso--a market scene of elegant gentlemen mingling with vendors among an array of merchandise.

Provenance
Provenance
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James Stewart Hodgson [unsold, James Stewart Hodgson, his sale and others, London, Christie's, May 20, 1921, lot 7.]

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Oliver Hawkshaw (Hollycomb, near Haslmere, England)

- 2000

Private Collection [sold, Old Master Drawings, Sotheby's, New York, January 26, 2000, lot 43, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings; 1520 - 1820 (July 31 to October 14, 2001) (verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 31 to October 14, 2001
Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour (February 5 to May 12, 2002) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 5 to May 12, 2002
Light and Water: Drawing in Eighteenth-Century Venice (May 17 to August 21, 2005) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 1 to August 22, 2004
Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why (January 29 to May 4, 2008) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 29 to May 4, 2008
The Lure of Italy: Artists' Views (May 9 to July 30, 2017) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 9 to July 30, 2017
Bibliography
Bibliography

Christie, Manson & Woods, London. May 20, 1921, lot 7.

Hadeln, D. von. "Some Drawings by Canaletto." The Burlington Magazine (December 1926), p. 315.

Hadeln, D. von. Die Zeichnungen von Antonio Canal genannt Canaletto (Vienna, 1930), p. 28.

Constable, William G. Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal 1697-1768, Vol. 1., 2nd ed. rev. by J. G. Links (Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press, 1989), pl. 98 (recto only).

Constable, William G. Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal 1697-1768. 2nd ed., rev. by J. G. Links (Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press, 1989), vol. 2, p. 488, no. 541.

Sotheby's, New York. Old Master Drawings. January 26, 2000, pp. 52-53, lot 43, ill.

Kowalczyk, Bozena Anna. "Bernardo Bellotto and the Formation of an Original Style." In Bernardo Bellotto and the Capitals of Europe, exh. cat. Bowron, Edgar Peters, ed. (Houston: Museum of FIne Arts, Houston, with Yale University Press, 2001), p. 12, footnote 5.

Beddington, Charles. "Bernardo Bellotto and his circle in Italy. Part I: not Canaletto but Bellotto." The Burlington Magazine 146, no. 1219 (October 2004), p. 670, no. 20, b/w ill.

Brooks, Julian. The Lure of Italy: Artist's Views, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017), pp. 5-11, 79, fig. 7-8.