Giovanni Antonio Canal, CANALETTO (Venice 1697 - Venice 1768)
An Architectural Capriccio
Pen and brown ink and brown and grey wash, over traces of an underdrawing in graphite.
211 x 339 mm. (8 1/4 x 13 3/8 in.)
Canaletto's drawings of imaginary architectural scenes, or vedute ideate, begin to occur in his oeuvre during the late 1730s and early 1740s, at about the same time that he turned his attention towards such subject matter in his paintings and etchings. From then until the end of his career, drawings of imaginary views occur more and more frequently. In the 1750s and 1760s, Canaletto’s drawing style remained quite constant and unchanging, with the result that a more accurate dating of his late drawings can be difficult.
Galerie Miromesnil, Paris, in 1978.
Paris, Galerie Miromesnil, Venise au XVIIIe siècle, exhibition catalogue, 1978, unnumbered.