Antique Oil Painting Doge's Palace & St Marks Square Alfred Pollentine c1874
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This is a beautiful oil on canvas painting of the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Square from the Grand Canal Venice by the renowned British artist Alfred Pollentine (1836-1890), signed and dated '74 on lower left.
This beautiful waterscape captures a striking view of the Grand Canal, it features a busy canal scene with sailing boats and gondoliers in the foreground, in the distance the facades of Saint Mark's, the Doge's Palace, Santa Maria della Salute and the spiralling tower of the San Marco Campanile complete the painting.
Housed in it's original and beautiful gilt gallery frame.
Several examples of his work have sold at top auction houses, see Christies, Sothebys and Bonhams
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 127 - picture
Height 87 x Width 138 x Depth 5 - frame
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 2 inches - picture
Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 4 feet, 6 inches x Depth 2 inches - frame
Pollentine exhibited numerous works at several of the top galleries in England from 1861 through 1880, including two of London's most prestigious ones, the British Institution and Society of British Artists.
R. J. Pollentine and W. H. Pollentine are also recorded artists and are believed to be his father and brother.
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
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