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Venice: the Piazzetta
  • Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 - 1828)
  • Venice: the Piazzetta
  • France
  • c. 1826 - c. 1827
  • Painting
  • Pencil and watercolour on paper
  • Image size: 17.4 x 22.2 cm
  • P684
  • Not on display
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • This watercolour was probably painted in 1826, and was based on one or more studies made by Bonington in Venice in April-May the same year. The two columns in the left foreground are the Pilastri Acritani, brought in 1256 from the church of Saint Saba at Acre. Behind them is the Doge’s Palace, the column of San Marco and in the distance the church of San Giorgio Maggiore. Eighteenth-century views of Venice by Canaletto and Guardi must have been familar to Bonington, and this particular view was depicted by both artists, but it is not certain that he would have known their versions, nor (as his oil sketches demonstrate) would he have needed a precedent for the views of the city he chose to paint. Bonington was a pioneer in reviving interest in Venice as a subject for painting.