Venice: Entrance to the Cannaregio

The view shows on the left the church of S. Geremia with its campanile and the Palazzo Labia. At the centre can be seen the Ponte di Cannaregio and beyond it are the buildings of the Ghetto Vecchio. The Palazzo Querini detti Papozze is at the right edge of the picture.

This painting is dated to the 1730s on grounds of style and because of its relationship with a drawing by the artist which is apparently dated 1734 (Windsor, Royal Collection). Long considered to be a good product of Canaletto’s studio, the painting has recently been reattributed to the artist himself.

The composition is recorded, with variations, in other painted versions by the artist (e.g. Windsor, Royal Collection), in the aforementioned drawing, and in an engraving by Visentini of 1735. The Windsor painting includes a statue of Saint John Nepomuk which was erected in front of S. Geremia in 1742; this date and that of the drawing provide the range for the execution of this painting.

Key facts

Artist dates
1697 - 1768
Full title
Venice: Entrance to the Cannaregio
Date made
probably 1734-42
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
48 × 80.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Henderson Bequest, 1879
Inventory number
Location in Gallery