CAFFI, Ippolito
(b. 1809, Belluno, d. 1866, at sea)

Snow and Fog on the Grand Canal

c. 1840
Oil on canvas, 16 x 42 cm
Museo d'Arte Moderna, Ca' Pesaro, Venice

As can be seen in this painting, Caffi owed much to eighteenth-century view painting in both the sharpness of his outlines and his perspective configurations. The unusual meteorological conditions that suspend Venice between sea and sky in an ash-gray mist enable the artist to unveil a range of colours his predecessors never imagined.