Piazza San Marco

Artist: Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian, Venice 1697–1768 Venice)

Date: late 1720s

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 27 x 44 1/4 in. (68.6 x 112.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1988

Accession Number: 1988.162


The most celebrated view painter of eighteenth-century Venice, Canaletto was particularly popular with British visitors to the city. This wonderfully fresh and well-preserved canvas shows the square of San Marco. The windows of the bell tower are fewer in number than in actuality, and the flagstaffs are too tall, but otherwise Canaletto took few liberties with the topography.