The view shows the piazzetta, the area between the Piazza San Marco and the waterfront, known as the Molo. On the right is the Doge's Palace and beyond it the basilica of San Marco. In the centre is the Torre dell'Orologio, the clock tower, and on the left the campanile of San Marco. The first building on the left is the Library. The column with the lion of St Mark which stands on the Molo has been omitted.

The painting is considered a weak work by a member of Canaletto's studio, perhaps painted in about 1740. Numerous versions of the composition exist.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1697 - 1768
Full title
Venice: The Piazzetta from the Molo
Date made
about 1740
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
100.4 x 107.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG939
Location in Gallery