About This Artwork

Canaletto
Italian, 1697-1768

The Portico with the Lantern, from Vedute, 1735/44

Etching in black on ivory laid paper
300 x 434 mm (image); 304 x 436 mm (plate); 433 x 581 mm (sheet)

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection, 1922.1381.3

Employing a wide variety of tones and marks, Canaletto expertly depicted this imagined scene with its smattering of actual ancient ruins. A follower of the artist later copied this important etching to produce the nearly identical painting on the right. The painted version, however, omitted or reinterpreted most of the foreground figures. A new scene of a man standing next to an architectural fragment near the building to the right has also been added, emphasizing the visitor’s interest in the antique.




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