CANAL Antonio detto IL CANALETTO (Venezia 1697-1768)- LE PORTE DEL DOLO
CANAL Antonio detto IL CANALETTO (Venezia 1697-1768)
Original etching performed in the second and final state according to Salomon, second in the third and final in the Bromberg and Succi's opinion, printed on laid paper of the eighteenth century (without watermark). At the plate, below the lower left corner framing, engraved signature "A. Canal f.", the middle way, the right initials "FF2" characteristic of the state final. The work represents a glimpse of Dolo on the Brenta River Venetian town which has provided the subject for other views engraved by A. Canal. The table describes the locks on the river, with the surrounding buildings and entertainment vendors, boatmen and gentlemen dressed in eighteenth century. On the left you find a butcher's shop, at which a woman sitting on bobbin lace work, always on the left, there is a fruit with its banquet, the boat that can be seen on the left, in shadow, is a skiff . Critics have noted that compared to other etchings by Canaletto, typical of the view in question is the intense chiaroscuro contrast between shadows and sunlit sides, and this effect is exacerbated at times by the sign of cross, which is not much practiced by Venetian master in other works, and that is more evident in the second and third state of the table. Exemplary in good conservative condition, from the beautiful inking; slight extra margin of oxidation caused by the previous old framing.
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