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The Little Monument
  • Antonio Canaletto
    born: Venice, Republic of Venice (present-day Italy) ; died: Venice, Republic of Venice (present-day Italy)
  • The Little Monument, circa 1740
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 115 x 83 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 119 x 85 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 140 x 102 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 4 5/8 x 3 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 11 in
  • Gift from the Edward A. and Inge Maser Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2008.0259
Label Text
Catalogue raisonné

Exhibition Label:
"Venus Observed," Dec-1980, Elizabeth Broun and Yolanda de Estrada
After etching a large plate showing an expansive imaginary vista, Canaletto cut the plate into three similar sections, slicing directly through the ruined Gothic tomb. The right hand portion of the tomb appears in "A Bishop's Tomb with a View of a Town." Before his time it was a common practice to trim one or more edges of a plate for the sake of the composition, but such radical segmentation of a single plate is Canaletto's innovation.