The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Venice: the Riva degli Schiavoni
  • Canaletto (1697 - 1768)
  • Venice: the Riva degli Schiavoni
  • Italy
  • c. 1740 - 1745
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 58.2 x 93.5 cm
    Object size: 80.5 x 115 x 8.5 cm
  • P509
  • West Gallery I
Further Reading
  • The Riva degli Schiavoni depicts a view still familiar today, with its gondolas bobbing on the water before the Doge’s Palace on the left. The columns of San Todaro and of the Lion of Saint Mark stand on the Piazzetta in front of the Palace, with the Ponte della Paglia and the Prison beyond. Both views were very popular with Canaletto’s patrons: they were engraved in 1742 by Visentini, and at least five other sets are known. Although somewhat pedestrian in execution, the Wallace Collection’s pictures are generally accepted as by Canaletto, and may be dated c.1740-5.