MICHELE MARIESCHI (Venice 1710 - 1743)

Born in Venice, Michele Marieschi trained under the history painter and scenographer Gaspare Diziani (1689 – 1767). In the present canvas, Marieschi depicts a section of the Grand Canal looking northwest from the small square, or campiello, to the side of Palazzo Gussoni. Opposite, on the left hand-side of the canvas, is the Ca'Pesaro, designed for the influential Pesaro family by the architect Baldassare Longhena (1598-1682) and completed by Gian Antonio Gaspari in 1710.  To the left of Ca’Pesaro is the 17th Century Palazzo Foscarini Giovanelli, its façade once decorated with frescoes.  Marieschi’s vedute of Venice are clearly indebted to Canaletto’s detailed topographical views, yet they are characterised by a more spirited and atmospheric handling of the brush as well as a vivid palette.

Venice, the Grand Canal with Ca' Pasaro and Palazzo Foscarini-Giovannelli, from the Campiello of Palazzo Gussoni

Oil on canvas, 58 x 86 cm

Private collection.

Ralph Toledano;
Dario Succi.