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The Molo from the Basin of San Marco, Venice

Previously attributed to Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), Italian , (October 18, 1697–April 20, 1768)
Bernardo Bellotto (aka Bernardo Francesco Paulo Bellotto), Italian (Venetian), (January 30, 1721–November 17, 1780)

Creation date: ca. 1740
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1942.132
State/Province: Venice
Dimensions: 33 5/8 in. x 52 7/8 in. (85.41 cm x 134.3 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Robinson and Fisher, London, England ( - November 10, 1938)

Private Collection, London, England ( - )

Private Collection, Holland, The Netherlands ( - )

Giovanni Antonio Canal, Venice, Italy (1747 - 1750)

Edwards Family, London, England (1750 - 1767)

Holland, England (1767 - )

Christie's, London, London, England (May 6, 1893 - May 6, 1893)

P & D Colnaghi & Co Ltd, London, England (May 6, 1893 - )

Vicars, London, England (November 10, 1938 - )

Jacob M. Heimann, New York, New York (1941 - 1942)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California (1942 - December 7, 1942)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 7, 1942 - )

Label Copy

Bernardo Bellotto
Italian, active Venice, Dresden, Vienna, and Warsaw, 1721–1780
The Molo from the Bacino di San Marco, Venice
ca. 1740
Oil on canvas

Bernardo Bellotto, Canaletto’s nephew and most talented pupil, painted this major work while working within his uncle’s studio. As was common practice at the time, this work was sold as a Canaletto to one of the many British Grand Tourists who visited Venice.

Depicted here is one of the most recognizable views, looking from the basin of San Marco towards the Molo (quay) with a view of the Piazzetta and clock tower of St. Mark’s in the center, flanked by the Biblioteca Marciana and the campanile (bell tower) of St. Mark’s on the left, and the Doge’s Palace on the right. --MAB 2016




Last Updated: 5/6/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhibit , 00/00/00 - 3/27/1981

Bernardo Bellotto and the Capitals of Europe The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston , 7/29/2001 - 10/21/2001

Venetian Views The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/6/2016 - 5/21/2017

Genre and Myth The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/13/2016 - 00/00/00

Canaletto 1697-1768 Associazione MetaMorfosi c/o Museo di Roma-Palazzo Braschi , 3/29/2018 - 7/29/2018

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 65-66, Figure Number: 66

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 42

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 105

Julie Dunn, ed. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 141, Figure Number: 141

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 631

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 76, Figure Number: 76

Prof. William George Constable and Joseph Gluckstein Links. Canaletto: Oxford University Press. Oxford, England, 1976
Page Number: 238-239, no. 109

Prof. William George Constable and Joseph Gluckstein Links. Canaletto: Oxford Univerity Press. Oxford, England, 1976
Page Number: 109, Figure Number: 28

Jean Luc Bordeaux. Apollo The Financial Times, Ltd. London, England, June 1982
Page Number: 448, 449, Figure Number: 2

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, December 1, 1944-December 14, 1944
Page Number: 14

Fine Old Master Paintings Phillips International Auctioneers & Valuers. London, England, July 1, 1997
Page Number: lot no. 146, Figure Number: 146

John D. Morse. Old Master Paintings in North America Abbeville Press Publishers. New York, New York, 1979
Page Number: 44

Important Old Master Paintings, Including European Works of Art Sotheby's. New York, New York, January 24, 2002
Page Number: 148, 149, Figure Number: 210

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 120, Figure Number: 120

Dr. James A. Clapp, Ph.D.. California Cityscapes San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1991
Page Number: 11, Figure Number: 2

Dr. James A. Clapp, Ph.D.. This Urban Life: Author House. Bloomington, Indiana, 2005
Page Number: 143, Figure Number: 143

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. Omniart American Institute of Architects. San Diego, California, June 1963
Page Number: 9-10, Figure Number: 10

Mr. Lionello Puppi. The Complete Paintings of Canaletto Harry N. Abrams, Inc.. New York, New York, 1970
Page Number: 113, 114 no. 274A, Figure Number: 274A

Dr. John J. Marciari, Ph.D.. Italian, Spanish and French paintings before 1850 in the San Diego Museum of Art The San Diego Museum of Art. 2015
Page Number: 267-271, Figure Number: 59, 59.1, 59.2

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