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Attributed to Bellotto, Bernardo (Italian painter and draftsman, 1721-1780) , An Architectural Composition

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Title An Architectural Composition
Alternative Title A Caprice Landscape with Ruins; Capriccio: A Ruined Portico with pointed Arches and Paduan Motifs (Kozakiewicz)
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Attributed to Bellotto, Bernardo (Italian painter and draftsman, 1721-1780)
Attributed to Canaletto (Italian painter, 1697-1768) and studio
Date Earliest probably about 1740
Date Latest 1744
Description The great Venetian townscape painter Antonio Canal, called Canaletto, in all phases of his career besides his famous, bright Venetian views also painted pictures with invented architectures, so-called capricci. This landscape, with ruins and a city reminiscent of Padua, is one of the most often painted caprice views from the studio of Canaletto. Probably the first autograph is in the Hamburger Kunsthalle. This version has to be regarded as a collaboration between Canaletto and his nephew Bernardo Bellotto, still working as an apprentice in his studio.
Current Accession Number 182
Subject buildings and gardens; landscape
Measurements 54.9 x 72.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1855.
Principal Exhibitions McLellan Centenary Exhibition, Glasgow Art Gallery, 1954, cat. no. 13.
Publications The McLellan Gallery: Catalogue of Pictures Bequeathed to the People of Glasgow by the late Archibald McLellan, Glasgow, 1855, 'Centre Room: Italian and German Schools', no. 96, p. 11, as 'an imitation only', of Antonio Canal, called Canaletto; Constable, W. G., Canaletto, Oxford, 1962, no. 496, vol. 2, p. 422, as studio replica (attribution left unchanged in the editions revised by J. G. Links, 1976, 1989 and his A supplement to W. G. Constable's 'Canaletto', 1998); Catalogue of Italian Paintings: Illustrations, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums, 1970, p. 182 (ill.); Kozakiewicz, St, Bernardo Bellotto, 1972, Z419, pp. 490-93, not by Bellotto.

Entered into the museum's collections with the McLellan Bequest as an imitation of a picture by Antonio Canal; it was immediately recognised as a replica (1864 gallery catalogue) and then attributed to 'Bernardo Canaletto' (1882, 1882/3, 1885, 1888, 1892, 1895, 1898), indicating the year of birth and death of Bellotto, who like his uncle and teacher used the name 'Canaletto'. This early attribution to the Bernardo Bellotto was later changed back to Giovanni Antonio, the older Canaletto.

Canaletto's first version of this composition is at the Kunsthalle, at Hamburg; for other versions of the capriccio, including at the National Gallery, London, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, see Constable, Canaletto, no. 496a and ff.

Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Heiner Krellig



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