Giovanni Antonio Canal (il Canaletto)
1697 Venice 1768
Le Porte di Dolo, 1743/4
Etching. 1743/4.. Bromberg 6 II (of III). 300 x 434 mm (plate), 355 x 485 mm (sheet). Watermark: Shield surmounted by a crown, partial.
"In this print, executed at the very end of Canaletto’s etching career, he wielded the needle expertly, displaying virtuoso strokes of varying form and intensity. Canaletto reached the full potential of the medium with this most painterly image of striking contrasts. It is one of seven large titled views from nature resulting from Canaletto’s trip to the mainland with his nephew Bernardo Bellotto during the early 1740’s “ from The Glory of Venice. Art in the Eighteenth Century. Andrew Robison, Jane Martineau, Editors, 1994. Cat. no 144.