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View, Italy, Venice, Pair of Antique Prints, 18th Century
Veduta del Castel Forte con il di dietro della Scuola di S. Rocco in Venet.
[View of the Castel Forte with the back of the Guild of San Rocco in Venice](top) Veduta della Scola (sic) Grande di S. Marco in Venetia
[View of the Guild of San Marco in Venice](bottom)
Domenico Louisa, Rialto: Late 18th century
Hand-colored copperplate engravings
13.25 x 18 inches, image
16.75 x 21.25 and 17.5 x 21.75 inches, overall
$975, the pair
A pair of fine engraved views of Venice that illustrate the historic architecture of Venice, including canals, a gondola and people of the era engaged in everyday activities. One shows the Castel Forte behind the Scuola Grande of San Rocco. The other is a view of the Scuola Grande of San Marco. It also features the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Coleoni of Bergomo (left) and the church SS. Giovanni and Paolo (right, with Gothic arch and demilune diocletian windows), which was built by the Dominican friars and was where the funerals of the doges took place. Both of these landmarks are labeled in the bottom margin.
The “Scuole” were institutions created by the Republic of the Serenissima. By the 16th century there were over two hundred associations of professions, art, nationalities or the cult of saints. Great works of art can often be found in the most important guilds, including the two pictured here. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco was built in the 1500s and had over 100,000 members at that time. It is now known for its impressive collection of paintings, especially by Tinteretto. The Scuola Grande di San Marco was founded in 1260 for religious and humanitarian purposes. The building shown here dates back to the late 1400s. Both the buildings still stand and are open to tourists today.
Condition: Very good with only minor toning, wear, edgewear. Printers creases and vertical center-folds as issued.
“The ‘Scuole'(Guilds).” 2000-2001. VeniceBanana. http://www.venicebanana.com/ (7 January 2003).