Michele Marieschi

Capricci of the Venetian Lagoon with peasants resting before houses


Michele Marieschi
( Venice, 1710-Venice, 1743 )


Oil on canvas 24×36 cm Ralph Toledano confirmed theattribution upon the basis of photographsand suggesting a date of execution in the early 1730s.


These two small “capricci”, constitute, due to their size and stylistic approach, works painted as apair. The quality of the paintings tends to place them to the initial phase of Marieschi’s activity in thefield of “vedute” commenced in 1735; in evidence are in fact, in the manner of execution, for instanceworks like the Capricci with Venetian Monuments which appeared for the first time in Christie’sLondon sales rooms the 15th of April 1983 and currently in a private Swiss collection (technical list41-44). The miniature figures of the peasants and fishermen placed mainly in the foreground appearreferable, in this case as well, to the work of Francesco Simonini or to one of his close followers.