Mountain Landscape with Five Bridges, 18th century

The Dolomite Mountains form a curtain backdrop to the city of Venice. Here Canaletto takes us up into their rugged terrain. Is there really a spot with such a complex of bridges and cascades' We don’t know, but something inspired the artist to populate this scene with a range of social status from the rich occupants of a fine coach at left, to the workers transporting heavy loads on a horse cart and in baskets on their backs, to an executed man hanging from a gallows at the far right.

Details
Title
Mountain Landscape with Five Bridges
Artist Life
(Venice), 1697–1768
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.13,329
Catalogue Raisonne
B 22 iia/iib; Dev.19 only state
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