RICHTER, Johan
(b. 1665, Tukholma, d. 1745, Venezia)

Biography

Johan Richter was a Swedish artist active in Venice by at least 1717 and stayed there until his death. He painted Venetian scenes of the area around St Mark's, like Carlevaris who can be considered to be his master, however, he was more original in his paintings of the lagoon proposing views unprecedented in Venetian painting. He can be seen as the forerunner of a Venetian conception of 'veduta': not as a faithful reproduction of reality, but almost as an assemblage of architectural elements.