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Palazzo Pésaro

This print is from a series of twenty-one etchings that are representative of the vedute tradition popularized by Canaletto in Venice. The city’s winding canals, extravagant palaces, and luminous atmosphere made for charming, often dramatic scenes. Marieschi’s views employed a strong chiaroscuro effect—shadings between dark and light—which highlight the Venetian architecture and demonstrate the artist’s sensitivity to effects of light and atmosphere. These vedute were in great demand among tourists, and they were often assembled into albums or portfolios which, in England, would provide an evening’s entertainment.

Although Marieschi established a successful career as a professional artist and scene painter, little is known about his short life. His oeuvre reflects an enduring interest in perspective and architectural design.

Michele Giovanni Marieschi
Italian, 1696–1743
Palazzo Pésaro, Plate 7 from Views of Venice (Magnificentiones Selectionesque Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus), 1741
Etching on paper
Image/plate: 13 x 18 ¼ in. (33.0 x 46.4 cm); sheet: 16 15/16 x 22 7/8 in. (43.0 x w. 58.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 74.33