Antique original engraving circa 1703 by the profound Italian painter and engraver Luca Carlevarijs. The artwork features Venice and is titled Altra Veduta della chiesa della Salute. View of the Grand Canal with the Punta della Dogana and the church of Santa Maria della Salute at the right. Lettered in lower margin with title and signed at right 'Luca Carlevarijs del. et inc'
The etching is matted and framed in wood under glass. Please note some age-related spotting and warping - please see pictures. Same exact etching is held in the British Museum.
Total dimensions with the frame: 14.75" x 17.5".
Frame's depth: 0.5".
Luca Carlevarijs (1663–1730) was the first of the great Venetian view painters. He had settled in Venice from his native Udine by 1679 and painted capricci and landscapes until 1703, when he published a series of 104 engravings of Venetian views - the offered engraving is part of this series. His earliest known view painting dates from that same year, and from that moment vedutismo became his focus, particularly as it coincided with the exponential increase in demand for the genre thanks to the large number of Grand Tourists, many of them British. Until the emergence of Canaletto in the 1720s, Carlevarijs was the finest and most successful vedutista in Venice, concentrating predominantly on the main stretch of the city around the Bacino di San Marco, the Piazzetta, as seen in the present work, and the Piazza San Marco. Carlevarijs is considered the pioneer of the genre of the cityscapes (vedute) of Venice, who greatly influenced many artists who came after him.
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18th Century Engraving of Venice by Luca Carlevarijs