bacino di san marco

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Luca Carlevarijs (Carlevaris) (1663–1730, Italy)

Carlevarijs was an Italian Baroque painter and engraver working mainly in Venice. He pioneered the genre of the cityscapes (vedute) of Venice, a genre that was later widely followed by artists such as Canaletto, Francesco Guardi and Antonio Visentini.

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The Bucintoro Departing from the Bacino di San Marco - Luca Carlevarijs, 1710

I love these massive canvases of Venice, so popular from the 16th to 18th centuries. Venice today is essentially a museum city, populated mainly by tourists, but in the heyday pictured here it was an exotic, bustling port at the center of a wealthy and powerful trading empire, the crossroads between East and West.

More about the Bucintoro (second photo) and its role in Venetian culture here.