About This Artwork

Italian, 1697-1768

The Bishop's Tomb, from Vedute, 1735/44

Etching in black on ivory laid paper
218 x 130 mm (image); 221 x 131 mm (plate); 432 x 587 mm (sheet)

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection, 1922.1381.11

Unlike painting, printmaking allowed Canaletto to separate and combine images at his own discretion. He etched the outer two vignettes (1922.1381.10 and .12) on a single plate before cutting it in two. Then he reversed their order and positioned a third, unrelated segment seen here between them. This plate is the missing piece from View of a Town with a Bishop’s Tomb (1922.1381.8). Besides reusing fragments of larger plates, these mysterious composite prints appear to have little in common beyond the archways and statues they contain.

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