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Landscape with Tower and Two Ruined Pillars, 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

Curiously, Canaletto never printed either of these energetic capriccio landscapes (depictions of fantastic architecture or ruins) individually. Instead, they exist only as a pair on a single sheet (for the left half, see 1922.1381.13). While both images include fictional antiquarian architectural elements, it is not known why the artist combined them. Perhaps it was their mirrored compositions: when placed side by side, both images slope inward toward a church that straddles the margin between the plates and connects the two scenes.


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Landscape with Tower and Two Ruined Pillars, from Vedute


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1735–1744


Etching in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 14.2 × 20.9 cm (5 5/8 × 8 1/4 in.); Plate: 14.6 × 21.2 cm (5 3/4 × 8 3/8 in.); Sheet: 43.1 × 58.7 cm (17 × 23 1/8 in.)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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