The Portico with the Lantern, plate from "Views, some representing actual places, others imaginary", 1740-1745

In this imaginary scene, Canaletto visually linked dilapidated modern structures with ancient Roman remains, including a triumphal arch and temple. Overgrown with vines, the large, shadowy arches of the portico frame the luminous view, set near a harbor where ships are moored. A single, forgotten lantern hangs against the sky. Canaletto’s quivering lines amplify the bright, flickering light on aging stone and plaster walls.

At left, a bishop’s tomb (recognizable by the statue of a seated bishop on top) shows signs of neglect. Up on rooftop terrace, laundresses have started to hang sheets out to dry. At right, a drummer rests on his instrument while the rest of his troop looks expectantly for someone to disembark at the port.

Details
Title
The Portico with the Lantern, plate from "Views, some representing actual places, others imaginary"
Artist Life
(Venice), 1697–1768
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.13,320
Catalogue Raisonne
B. 10 ii/iii; De. 10 i/iii
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