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

The Piazzetta Looking towards S. Maria della Salute

1725-30
Pen and ink over pencil, 233 x 182 mm
Royal Collection, Windsor

This is a preparatory drawing for a painting, also in the Royal Collection. Comparison with the shows that Canaletto originally included the column of San Marco on the left of the composition, but in the painting he omitted this in favour of a boat and instead inserted the column of San Teodoro by the Biblioteca Marciana.