About This Artwork

Canaletto
Italian, 1697-1768

The Wagon Passing over a Bridge, from Vedute, 1735/44

Etching in black on ivory laid paper
141 x 127 mm (image); 145 x 129 mm (plate); 432 x 587 mm (sheet)

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection, 1922.1381.12

Unlike painting, printmaking allowed Canaletto to separate and combine images at his own discretion. He etched the outer two vignettes on a single plate before cutting it in two (for the other half, see 1922.1381.10). Then he reversed their order and positioned a third, unrelated segment between them (1922.1381.11).. 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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