RICO Y ORTEGA, Martín
(b. 1833, El Escorial, d. 1908, Venezia)
View of Venice-
Oil on canvas, 41 x 71 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid
Rico captured the essence of Venice not through exaggeration, but with warm depictions of its unique locales. His bright, luminous works were often painted while he traveled the city's waterways by gondola, selecting the best views from a waterborne perspective. Since in the nineteenth century Venice was a cultural destination for almost all international tourists and artists alike, Rico's work proved as successful commercially as artistically.