Luca Carlevarijs: Venice, the way it was

It is said that painter Luca Carlevarijs (1663-1730) never had a real teacher, but studied “here and there”, drawing inspiration from various sources.

Born in Udine, this brilliant precursor of Venetian Vedutism first moved to the city on the lagoon in 1769, and later traveled to various Italian cities.

He often stayed in Rome, where he saw works by Salvator Rosa and Claude Lorrain, and most importantly met Gaspar Van Wittel – who taught him to be painstaking in topographical description and as objective as possible in his art.

In Florence and Bologna, as well as in the capital, he carefully observed folk portraits and their scenes full of “forgers and poor devils, / porters, rascals, pickpockets […] / bands of drunkards and greedy people, / tightwads, tobacconists, and barbers” – to use the words of Salvator Rosa (who was a poet as well as a painter).

Through his travels, Carlevarijs learned everything his talent needed to create the beautiful ‘vedute’ of Venice that our gallery here showcases.

After him, the genre would receive some of its most noteworthy contributions from the famous Canaletto (1697-1768).

Luca Carlevarijs, Ingresso dell’ambasciatore francese in Palazzo Ducale - "The French Ambassador Enters the Doge's Palace"

"The French Ambassador Enters the Doge's Palace", 18th century

Luca Carlevarijs, "Il molo di fronte al palazzo del Doge" - "The Pier in front of the Doge's Palace"

"The Pier in front of the Doge's Palace", 18th century

Luca Carlevarijs, "Veduta di piazza San Marco dal Canal Grande" - "View of Piazza San Marco from the Grand Canal"

"View of Piazza San Marco from the Grand Canal", 18th century

Luca Carlevarijs, "Piazza San Marco con i ciarlatani", 1720 ca - "Piazza San Marco with charlatans"

"Piazza San Marco with charlatans", c. 1720

Luca Carlevarijs, "Piazza San Marco con i commedianti sotto il campanile", 1700 ca - "Piazza San Marco with Comedians near the Belltower"

"Piazza San Marco with Comedians near the Belltower", c. 1700

Luca Carlevarijs, "Piazza San Marco e la Torre dell'Orologio", 1700 ca - "Piazza San Marco and the Clock Tower"

"Piazza San Marco and the Clock Tower", c. 1700

Luca Carlevarijs, "Veduta di San Nicolò di Castello", 1700 ca - "View of San Nicolò di Castello"

"View of San Nicolò di Castello", c. 1700

Luca Carlevarijs, "Dogana marittima e San Giorgio Maggiore", XVIII secolo - "Maritime Customs House and San Giorgio Maggiore"

"Maritime Customs House and San Giorgio Maggiore", 18th century

Luca Carlevarijs, "Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore", XVIII secolo - "San Giorgio Maggiore Church"

"San Giorgio Maggiore Church", 18th century

Luca Carlevarijs, "La partenza del Bucintoro dal Bacino di San Marco", XVIII secolo - "The Bucintoro departing from the San Marco Basin"

"The Bucintoro departing from the San Marco Basin", 18th century

Luca Carlevarijs, "Regata sul Canal Grande in onore di Federico IV, re di Danimarca", 1711 - "Regatta on the Grand Canal in honor of Frederick IV of Denmark"

"Regatta on the Grand Canal in honor of Frederick IV of Denmark", 1711

Luca Carlevarijs, "Il Ponte votivo per la festività della Madonna della Salute", particolare, 1720 ca - "Votive bridge for the Madonna della Salute holiday", detail

"Votive bridge for the Madonna della Salute holiday", detail, c. 1720

Luca Carlevarijs, "La piazzetta di San Marco", XVIII secolo

"Piazzetta San Marco", 18th century

Luca Carlevarijs, "Veduta di Venezia", XVIII secolo - "View of Venice"

"View of Venice", 18th century

Luca Carlevarijs, "La piazzetta e la libreria", XVIII secolo - "The Piazzetta and the Library"

"The Piazzetta and the Library", 18th century

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