Carlevarijs was an ItalianBaroque 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.
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
Hoc Musis et tibi, Phoebe, placet?
O scelus, o magnum facinus crimenque deorum,
arsit pariter quod domus et dominus!
Fire in the Oil Depot at San Marcuola, Francesco Guardi, 1789