Piazza San Marco, Venice
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto, Italian (Venice, Italy 1697 - 1768 Venice, Italy)
Piazza San Marco, Venice
Work Type
c. 1730-1734
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Veneto, Venice
Level 2, Room 2220, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 118.8 cm (30 x 46 3/4 in.)
framed: 109.6 x 148.5 cm (43 1/8 x 58 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: back of frame, paper and ink, handwritten: No. 10
  • inscription: back of frame, white chalk, handwritten: N
Thomas, 4th Duke of Leeds Osborne, Yorkshire, England, From the artist?, 1735, By descent through family. With another view of the Piazza
George Godolphin, 10th Duke of Leeds Osborne, By descent through family, Sold at Christie's, London, 1920. The painting was no. 3 in the sale. Sold as a pair with another view of the Piazza
Arthur J. Sully, London, England, Purchased at Osborne sale at Christie's, 1920, Sold to Daniel H. Farr, 1921. Sold as a pair with another view of the Piazza
Daniel H. Farr, New York, NY, Purchased from Arthur J. Sully, 1921, Sold to Scott & Fowles (or purch.as their agent?, 1922. Sold as a pair with another view of the Piazza
Scott & Fowles, New York, NY, Purchased from or through Daniel H. Farr, 1922, Sold to Thomas B. Cochran. Sold as a pair with another view of the Piazza
Thomas B. Cochran, New York, NY, Purchased from Scott & Fowles, Sold to Schneider-Gabriel Galleries, 1942. Sold by his estate through Julius H. Weitzner, as a pair with another view of the Piazza
Julius H. Weitzner, New York, NY, sold to Grenville L. Winthrop, 1942.
Grenville Lindall Winthrop, New York, NY, Purchased from Julius Weitzner, 1942, Bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943. Winthrop paid $7500
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Chinese Sculpture, Bronzes, Jades, Paintings and Drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art; selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1943), p. 9

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 56, color plate; pp. 101, 357, repr. b/w cat. no. 772

Filippo Pedrocco, Canaletto e i Vedutisti Veneziani, Scala (Florence, Italy, 1995), pp. 26-31; repr. in color fig. 31, p. 26

Dorothea Terpitz, Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto (1697-1768), Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft (Köln, Germany, 1998), pp. 22-23, repr. in color as fig. 14; detail repr. as fig. 15

Dario Succi and Annalia Delneri, Canaletto Una Venècia Imaginària, exh. cat., Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain, 2001), p. 114, related to cat. # 38

Filippo Pedrocco, Il Settecento a Venezia: i Vedutisti, Rizzoli (Milan, Italy, 2001), pp. 92-93, repr. in color

Chikashi Kitazaki, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, Japan, 2002), p. 30, repr. as fig. 21

Roberto Contini, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Italian Painting: the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Philip Wilson (London, England, 2002), p. 258; repr. as fig. 1, p. 259

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), repr. in color p. 42, as fig. 34

Rinio Bruttomesso, "Venedig, oder: Das schwere Schicksal einer 'Serenissima'", Der Traum von der Stadt am Meer: Hafenstädte aus aller Welt, Hamburg Museum (Hamburg, Germany, 2003), pp. 112-125, details repr. 112, 114, inside back cover

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), repr. in color p. 34 as fig. 35

Graziano Alfredo Veragni, "Splendori in laguna: Canaletto e i vedutisti del Settecento a Venezia", La rappresentazione della città nella pittura italiana, Silvana Editoriale (Milan, Italy, 2003), pp. 237-267, repr. pp. 248-249

R. Ward Bissell and Andrea Derstine, Masters of Italian Baroque Painting, Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI, 2005), pp. 335-36, under no. 11, repr. as fig. 1

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 115, repr.

Satoshi Hagishima, Canaletto Paintings from the Viewpoint of Urban Landscape Design Theory (Japan, 2010), repr. p. 38 as fig. 2.2.12

Sotheby’s: Old Master Paintings Evening Sale, London 3 December 2014, auct. cat. (London, 2014), p.50

Sotheby's: Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale, London 4 December 2013, auct. cat., Sotheby's, London (London, 4 December 2013), Lot 39; p. 150

Exhibition History

Chinese sculpture, bronzes, jades, paintings and drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art : selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/01/1943 - 02/28/1944

Masterpieces of European Art, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/22/1985 - 09/15/1985

Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

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