Capriccio with Reminiscences of Westminster Bridge and Richmond House, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
Capriccio with Reminiscences of Westminster Bridge and Richmond House
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Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

Capriccio with Reminiscences of Westminster Bridge and Richmond House, ca. 1755 – 1760


Blatt
min. 237 x 377 mm
maximum height
240 mm
Physical Description
Pen and brown ink and brush in grey over traces of grey chalk, wash, framing line in pen and brown ink, remains of another framing line in black at margins, on laid paper
Inventory Number
459
Object Number
459 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Canaletto selected several buildings from the topography of London, assembled them in a new composition and enhanced them with Italian motifs such as the portal decorated with three statues or the statue on the high pedestal. The loggia also serves purely decorative purposes, since it possesses neither a door nor a passageway to the house behind it. A work that looks like a veduta at first sight is thus in reality a richly atmospheric capriccio with Italianized motifs of London. The meticulous execution, the multi-coloured wash, and above all the signature on the back are clear indications that the drawing was intended for sale.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Capriccio with Reminiscences of Westminster Bridge and Richmond House
Draughtsman
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Pen and brown ink and brush in grey over traces of grey chalk, wash, framing line in pen and brown ink, remains of another framing line in black at margins, on laid paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Verso signiert (mit der Feder in Braun): Io Zuane Antonio da Canal, detto il Canaletto, feci il detto dissegnio
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • IVILLEDARY, darüber IHS und Kreuz

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 41A11 palace
  • 41A351 terrace
  • 25I1451 bridge in city across river, canal, etc.
Secondary
Associative

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Last update

22.10.2020