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The Portico with the Lantern, from Vedute

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.




Italian, 1697-1768

About this artwork

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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The Portico with the Lantern, from Vedute


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 30 × 43.4 cm (11 13/16 × 17 1/8 in.); Plate: 30.4 × 43.6 cm (12 × 17 3/16 in.); Sheet: 43.3 × 58.1 cm (17 1/16 × 22 7/8 in.)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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