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Piazza San Marco

Canaletto, 1720
Piazza San Marco, Canaletto
Piazza San Marco, zoomed in
68.6 cmPiazza San Marco scale comparison112.4 cm
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Piazza San Marco is an Oil on Canvas Painting created by Canaletto in 1720. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Cities and Public Square. SourceDownload

When you adhere as closely to realism as Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, critique of your work becomes rather dull. In this case, his rendering of the Piazza San Marco in Venice nearly passes realistic muster, except for the bell tower, which has eight windows rising to the balcony, and ‘ol Canal only painted five.

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