Veduta ideata with Roman Ruins
Oil on canvas
“Veduta ideate with Roman Ruins” portrays ancient Roman monuments in various states of decay. In the background, along the Tiber River additional architecture is visible including Trajan’s Column and a faint dome of the Castel Sant’Angelo. It is an early piece of Canaletto turning towards dramatic landscapes after giving up theatrical sceneries.
Born: 28 October 1697, Venice, Italy
Died: 19 April 1768, Venice, Italy
Canaletto was a painter from the Republic of Venice and is considered an important member of the Venetian School of the 18th century. He was a painter of veduta of Venice, Rome, and London as well as imaginary (capriccio) views. He was highly successful in England due to the patronage of Joseph “Consul” Smith, a British merchant and connoisseur