About This Artwork

Italian, 1697-1768

Capriccio: A Street Crossed by Arches (recto) Sketches of Doorway, Staircase and Second Floor of Building(verso), c. 1720

Pen and brush and brown ink, with brush and gray wash, over graphite, on ivory laid paper
294 x 208 mm

Samuel P. Avery Fund, 1943.514

Canaletto made many finished drawings with pen and wash; sometimes they depict an actual scene, but just as often they contain more than a touch of fantasy. This capriccio may be based on reminiscences of the little town of Chioggia.

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