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SQUERO DI SAN TROVASO


View of the Squero di San Trovaso, Venice
Oil painting of a Venice boatyard by Antonietta Brandeis, Photograph by Stockholms Auktionsverk

The painting is reproduced here by kind permission of
 Stockholms Auktionsverk, www.auktionsverket.com .

Antonietta Brandeis was born in 1848 at Miskowitz (Czech: Myslkovice) in Bohemia (which was then under Habsburg rule). Her father died early, and her mother remarried an Italian nobleman. Already in 1867, she was studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, and in 1870 she participated in her first exhibition. In the following years, she presented numerous paintings at exhibitions in Venice and elsewhere in Italy. Her most typical paintings are scenic views of Venice, rich in detail, but there are also many views from Florence, Bologna and Rome. Antonietta Brandeis died in Florence in 1926. (Ref.: Paolo Serafini, Antonietta Brandeis 1848-1926, Turin, 2010)

The artist would have stood on the Fondamenta Nani, near the Zattere end of Rio di San Trovaso, looking north. Walking along the canal, one would arrive at the Palazzo Contarini Corf¨ just outside the picture.