About This Artwork

Italian, 1697-1768

View of a Town with a Bishop's Tomb, from Vedute, 1735/44

Etching in black on ivory laid paper
296 x 302 mm (image); 303 x 307 mm (plate); 433 x 587 mm (sheet)

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection, 1922.1381.8

Canaletto originally conceived View of a Town with a Bishop’s Tomb as a single plate but cut it into three parts. For unknown reasons, he severed the plate in the middle of the central archway. The artist may have disliked the print’s originally imbalanced composition. The altered picture seen here allows the viewer to catch a glimpse into the town beyond the foreground tomb.

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