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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.
oil on canvas
H 37.3 x W 62.2 cm
accepted by Her Majesty's Government in lieu of tax and presented, 1988