Friday, August 12, 2022

Venetian Views

Continuing where I left off yesterday, we start with The Piazzetta, Venice, by Bernardo Bellotto, done around 1743.

Another work by Bellotto dating to that time, this is The Arsenal, Venice.

A brief view of things to come. My favourite sculpture in the building is at the far end of this gallery.

But first, I slipped into a side corridor. Here we have Sir Edward Massey, a portrait by Peter Lesy, circa 1647.

Nearby, a 1624 portrait: Charles I When Prince Of Wales, by Daniel Mytens the Elder.

Marie Antoinette As Minerva is the title of this porcelain sculpture, cast in 1780, done by the Sevres Factory under the direction of Louis-Simon Boizot.

American artist Benjamin West, who spent a lot of time in Britain, painted his Self Portrait around 1776. The first version of it, reproduced on the panel below, hangs in a Baltimore gallery.


  1. It would be fun to go back to Venice one more time.

  2. Now at least I get a glimpse of Venice through the paintings. Beautiful paintings and portraits.

  3. Once again, the Venetian views are stunning.

  4. Sadly, Venice is already beginning to suffer he effects of rising sea levels and may soon no longer be a viable city.

  5. Hello,
    Venice is a beautiful place, love the art work. Take care, enjoy your day!

  6. ...the corridor is beautiful.

  7. Love that gallery shot! It is good to see people there too!

  8. @Stefan: I'd love to see it.

    @Nancy: I think so too.

    @Gemel: yes they are.

    @David: that appears the case.

    @Eileen: it is a city that captures the imagination.

    @Iris: Italy is a place I must someday see.

    @Tom: that it is.

    @Marie: I agree.

    @Francisco : thanks.

  9. The 1st ones of Venice are my favourites of these ones, William.

  10. The gallery rooms at that museum are so beautiful.

  11. Me encanta Venecia y las imágenes que reproducen esos bellos cuadros.
    Feliz fin de semana.

  12. The man above in the last painting, I don't know I'm trying to think of a way to decribe him but kind of reminds me of an olden days cassanova.

  13. Venice architecture looks alive in these paintings!

  14. I always wanted to visit Venice, but i don't think it will ever happen.

  15. Men begin to look more current, even the prince of Wales.

  16. William - I was gazing at the 1624 portrait of Charles I. Have you wondered how those ruffled neck pieces came to be in fashion? Maybe meant to hide the neck/multiple chins?

  17. @magiceye: Venice is popular.

    @RedPat: many are liking them.

    @Maywyn: definitely.

    @Sharon: they are.

    @Ventana: thanks.

  18. @Amy: I wonder what he'd think of that.

    @roentare: it does.

    @Jan: who knows?

    @Joanne: they do.

    @Angie: it is odd.

  19. Lovely Venice art ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  20. Such beauty unfolding, the first painting is like almost being right there. Thanks for the tour.

  21. I've always liked views of Venice and that opening Bellotto painting is lovely.

  22. Thank you for taking us on this walk as it almost feels like really being there! Lovely captures and details described 👍