WITTEL, Caspar Andriaans van
(b. 1653, Amersfoort, d. 1736, Roma)
Piazza San Marco: Looking South1690s
Pen and ink on paper, 40 x 770 mm
Biblioteca Nazionale, Rome
Caspar van Wittel (Vanvitelli as called in Italian) arrived in Italy in 1672, and lived and worked there until his death. He was employed principally in Rome, but also applied the interest in view painting developed there to the Venetian scene, where he drew views of the city in the 1690s, which were to form the basis of attractive works in oil.