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Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1925.1239.6
Catalogue raisonné: De Vesme 449.6 of a set of 31 ; Bromberg 6 second state c
State: I/II ; II/III
Antonio Canaletto took up etching as an extension of his painting practice, which consisted of representing topographical views of Venice for wealthy patrons. This print belongs to a series he made of rural scenery outside the city—here, the village of Dolo and its canal. Etching provided the artist with a means of formal experimentation, and he became a master of describing Venice’s distinctive buildings and the reflections and shadows from its many canals. Prints also provided the artist with a steady income; this series was likely marketed to affluent British tourists as a souvenir.
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