The buildings are (from left to right): the column of St Mark; the Doge's Palace; the Ponte della Paglia; the prisons; the uncompleted church of the Pietà (S. Maria della Visitazione) can be seen along the Riva degli Schiavoni. The architecture in this area is a generalised version of that which can actually be seen there. In front of the Ponte della Paglia is a temporary hut and a knife-grinder's stall.

Previously thought to be a studio work, recent cleaning makes it clear that the painting is an autograph work, probably of the late 1730s. Another version is in the Tatton Park collection (National Trust).

Key facts

Artist dates
1697 - 1768
Full title
Venice: The Doge's Palace and the Riva degli Schiavoni
Date made
late 1730s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
61.3 x 99.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery