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 Albotto, Francesco (Italian painter, 1722-1757) , View of the Grand Canal, Venice

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Title View of the Grand Canal, Venice
Alternative Title Entrance to Cannaregio
Collection Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Albotto, Francesco (Italian painter, 1722-1757)
Previously attributed to Albotto, Francesco (Italian painter, 1722-1757)
Previously attributed to Marieschi, Michele Giovanni (Italian painter and engraver, 1696-1743)
Date Earliest about 1743
Date Latest 1757
Description This view of the junction of the Grand Canal and Cannaregio Canal in Venice was first attributed to Francesco Albotto in 1987. The artist based the scene on a composition by his teacher, Michele Marieschi, to whom the Bristol painting was previously attributed. The works of Marieschi and his pupil are often confused because of their stylistic similarity and the scarcity of paintings signed by them. The inclusion of a statue and balustrade at the junction of the waterways dates the picture to after May 1742 when a statue of St John Nepomuk was erected on this spot.
Current Accession Number K1357
Subject townscape; place (Grand Canal, Venice, Cannaregio); buildings and gardens (San Geramia, Palazzo Labia, Palazzo Flangini)
Measurements 61.0 x 95.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mr A. A. de Pass 1936.
Principal Exhibitions Eighteenth-Century Venetian Art, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1951, cat. no. 67, as by Michele Marieschi; Art Treasures from West Country Collections, City Art Gallery, Plymouth, 1954, cat. no. 27, as by Michele Marieschi; Venetian Baroque & Rococo Paintings, Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull, 1967, cat. no. 37, as by Michele Marieschi; Pictures from Bristol, Wildenstein & Co, London, 1969, cat. no. 20, as by Michele Marieschi.
Publications The De Pass Collection of Paintings, Furniture, Ceramics etc., Bristol, 1936, cat. no. 31, as by Jacopo Marieschi; Art Treasures from West Country Collections, Plymouth, 1954, cat. no. 27, p. 12, as The Entrance to the Cannaregio by Michele Marieschi; Venetian Baroque & Rococo Paintings, Kingston-upon-Hull, 1967, p. 29, cat. no. 37, as View on the Grand Canal, Venice: The Entrance to the Cannaregio by Michele Marieschi; Pictures from Bristol, Uxbridge, 1969, cat. no. 20 (unpaginated), ill., as by Michele Marieschi; Catalogue of Oil Paintings, City Art Gallery, Bristol, Bristol, 1970, no. K1357, p. 167, as by Michele Marieschi; Manzelli, M., 'Proposta per l'identificazione di Michele Marieschi e del suo alter-ego Francesco Albotto', Arte Veneta, 1987, pp. 111-22, p. 115, ill. no. 6; p. 119, as by Albotto; Manzelli, M., Michele Marieschi e il suo alter-ego Francesco Albotto, Venice, 1991, p. 82, as by Albotto; R. Pallucchini, 'Fantasia e Arcadia nella veduta e nel paesaggio', in La pittura nel Veneto: Il Settecento, II, Milan, 1995, p. 314, fig. 477, as by Albotto.
Notes Similar compositions by Marieschi are in the Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam, and the Hallsborough Gallery, London, which both exclude the statute, and the collection of the Earl of Malmesbury, Basingtoke, which includes it. Marieschi also used this composition for one of his Venetian etchings series which was published in 1741. Another version attributed to Albotto and considered comparable to the present work is in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples.
Rights Owner Bristol's Museums, Galleries & Archives
Author Dr Susan Steer
 

 

 

 

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