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Cat. no. 89-17

Santa Maria della Salute

Date: Aug-89
Item Type: Painting
Support: Canvas (Cotton Or Linen)
Dimensions: 30 X 24
Agent / Institution: Fenn


Santa Maria della Salute. 30 x 24.

At the end of the last bout of the plague in Venice, the city built
this luminous white marble church in an offering for the future health
of the people. The mixture of Roman, Greek and Oriental architecture
is typically Venetian. More typical, however, are the low, soft
writhing clouds. I have seen them in Italian Renaissance paintings
all my life, and until I saw them for myself, I had assumed they were
the conventional style of the era. This is near the summer solstice at
sundown on the Grand Canal.

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