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Venice: the Piazza San Marco
  • Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 - 1828)
  • Venice: the Piazza San Marco
  • France
  • 1828
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 99.4 x 80.3 cm
    Object size: 129 x 110 x 12 cm
  • P375
  • West Gallery II
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This is a very late work, left unfinished at Bonington’s death. The Piazza San Marco is seen from the west. In the background are the Basilica of San Marco and the Campanile; on the left the Torre dell’Orologio, and on the right the Procuratie Nuove. Bonington spent four weeks in Venice during the course of his tour of northern Italy in April-June 1826 accompanied by his friend Charles Rivet. Inevitably the composition of this painting recalls Canaletto, though there is no known work by Canaletto which shows precisely this view. Bonington was a pioneer in reviving interest in Venice as a subject for painting.