Beppe Ciardi (Venice 1875 - Venice 1932)

Santa Marta, Venice Sold

Oil on panel.
Numbered 9 and inscribed Santa Marta on the reverse.
Further inscribed (by Emilia Ciardi) Santa Marta – Venezia / l’impressione di Beppe / Ciardi. / per l’autenticità / Emilia Ciardi on the reverse.
117 x 192 mm. (4 5/8 x 7 5/8 in.)


The area of Santa Marta, at the extreme southwestern tip of Venice on the Canale della Giudecca, is today the home of the city’s port. Long a poor, working class neighbourhood of fishermen, the area was centred around the church and convent of Santa Marta, founded in 1315 and rebuilt in 1468. The church was deconsecrated in 1805 and was later used as a warehouse. Ciardi’s spirited oil sketch shows Santa Marta before the construction of the port buildings and low income housing around the abandoned church.

This sketch may be related to another, slightly larger oil sketch of Santa Marta by Ciardi which was in the collection of Carlo Mera in Milan in 1942. A stylistically comparable oil sketch, signed and dated 1906, appeared at auction in Rome in 1973.

The artist’s wife, Emilia Ciardi, Quinto di Treviso
Thence by family descent, until 2011.


Santa Marta, Venice


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