MICHELE MARIESCHI (Venice 1710 - 1743)

Born in Venice, Michele Marieschi trained under the history painter and scenographer Gaspare Diziani (1689 – 1767). The present painting has been attributed to Marieschi by Dario Succi, who suggests a dating of between 1737 and 1739, when the artist’s fame as a painter of capricci and vedute had reached its apex. Marieschi executed various versions of this composition, inspired by Canaletto’s view of San Marco seen from the Clocktower dated 1731, now at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.  Using the compositional arrangement of double perspective typical of Canaletto, Marieschi succeeds in framing almost the entire façade of San Marco and the bell tower of the church of Saint Moise on the far right, behind which appears the church of San Geminiano. With its rich brushstrokes and vivid palette, the present work stands out amongst the known versions of this composition as one of the foremost examples of Marieschi’s vibrant technique.

Venice, Piazza San Marco seen from the Torre dell'Orologio

Oil on canvas, 57.5 x 85.4 cm

New York, Colnaghi, 1983, n. 22.

C. Lollobrigida, Cesare Lampronti: Old Masters, 2011, pp. 70-71, no. 16.