The Tower of Malghera

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This is a view on the Venice Lagoon with the Euganean Hills in the distance. Bernardo Bellotto was the nephew of Giovanni Antonio Canal, commonly called Canaletto, and entered his uncle's studio at about the age of 15. Canaletto was probably at his busiest in the mid-1730s and the help of this talented young relation must have been welcome. Bellotto's earliest Venetian views are virtually indistinguishable from his uncle's work but in this painting and its companion, made towards the end of his apprenticeship, characteristics of his own mature style are apparent. Although they are very closely based on known compositional views by Canaletto, the cooler and more atmospheric colour and the almost calligraphic notation used for vegetation (on the right in the painting) are distinctively the work of Bellotto.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



The Tower of Malghera




oil on canvas


H 37.3 x W 62.2 cm

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accepted by Her Majesty's Government in lieu of tax and presented, 1988

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