(b. 1697, Venezia, d. 1768, Venezia)

The Vigilia di San Pietro

after 1755
Oil on canvas, 119 x 187 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This painting is the pendant of Canaletto's Vigilia di Santa Marta (also in Berlin) thus representing two of Venice's four local, annual, evening festivities - rare subjects for Venetian vedutisti.

This painting records the Vigilia di San Pietro on June 28, the feast day of Sts Peter and Paul. San Pietro de Castello, the church shown. was the residence of the Republic's Patriarch and of great local importance prior to his move to San Marco. Backlit by the moon, this romantic vista is among Canaletto's most arresting, painted after his return from England in 1755-56.