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Capriccio: with S. Giorgio Maggiore and the Rialto Bridge by Canaletto, c. 1750

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Here is a fun painting by Canaletto.  There is an entire genre of these paintings which were sold as souvenirs to wealthy tourists on a "Grand Tour." One of the most famous artists was Canaletto.  In this image, he actually combines two different famous Venetian architectural monuments--the bridge and church--into one scene.  The Italian word in the title of the painting--capriccio--actually means whim or fancy.

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