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View, Italy, Venice, Antique Print, Italian, 19th Century

$1,600

Venezia
Tommaso Genevresi, Milan, Italy (attributed to)
Mid 19th Century
Aquatint with original watercolor and gouache coloring
7 x 31.5 inches, image
11.75 x 35.75 inches, overall
16.5 x 40.25 inches, framed
$1,600

Panorama view of Venice from San Giorgio Maggiore, one of the islands of Venice, showing important landmarks: the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark Square), Campanile (Bell Tower), and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) in the center, and on the far left, the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute di Venezia. The highly detailed view also includes gondolas and sailing ships in the harbor in the foreground, with gondoliers, passengers and the tiny figures of pedestrians on the opposite shore also rendered. One elaborate barge is pulled by a large crew of rowers in top hats. A gondola on the left is topped by a passenger compartment labeled Strada Ferata with the word Omnibus on the bow — evidently transportation for the railway station.  The print is mounted in an antique oak frame stained dark brown, probably original.

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Description

The print is heavily colored in gouache intentionally so that it resembles an original painting more than a print. The margins are entirely painted in goauche as well, with the title in large block red letters  The gouache obscures the print’s publication credits making attribution more difficult. Nonetheless, the format and style of the print, including the typography of the title, resembles ones of Milan, Rome and Florence published by Tommaso Genevresi in Milan in the mid 19th century.

A recent public domain photograph, included with the images here, shows the same buildings present today.

Condition: Print very good overall, with bright fresh colors, mounted on linen, probably as issued. Slightly brittle and chipped at outer edges. Frame, probably original, good with the usual wear and aging.

Reference:

Ashmarin, Sergey. “San Marco, view from San Giorgio Maggiore – Venice, Italy – panoramio.jpg.” Wikipedia. 17 November 2008. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:San_Marco,_view_from_San_Giorgio_Maggiore_-_Venice,_Italy_-_panoramio.jpg (1 February 2018).

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Century

19th Century