WITTEL, Caspar Andriaans van
(b. 1653, Amersfoort, d. 1736, Roma)
Bacino di San Marco (detail)1710
Oil on canvas
All the buildings are sharply focused and rendered with an almost painful precision. Van Wittel must have worked out the composition and its perspective construction from a great distance, and individual details at close range; this is the only possible explanation for the painting's unlikely degree of topographical accuracy.