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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.

Disaster Befalls a Bad Poet

Martial, Epigrams 11.93

 A fire has carried off the Pierian home
Of the bard Theodorus.  Does this please
The Muses and you, Phoebus?
O crime, o great wickedness and reproach to the gods…
That house and homeowner didn’t burn together!

Pierios vatis Theodori flamma penates
  abstulit. Hoc Musis et tibi, Phoebe, placet?
O scelus, o magnum facinus crimenque deorum,
  non arsit pariter quod domus et dominus!

Fire in the Oil Depot at San Marcuola, Francesco Guardi, 1789