19th C Italian artist Gennaro Favai 1879 (1882?) - 1958

19th C Italian artist Gennaro Favai b. Venice 1879 (1882?) - d. Venice 1958. "View of the Grand Canal from the Deck of the San Antonio" oil on canvas. Santa Maria della Salute church dome prominent in background.

Old lining. Earlier papier-maché frame, gilt over-painted blue.

In October of 1630, after nearly a third of Venice's 150,000 citizens had been killed by plague, the Venetian Senate made an offer to God: "Stop the plague, and we'll build a church to honor the Virgin Mary."

The plague was stopped in its tracks. The Venetian authorities honored their promise by giving the Virgin a prime chunk of real estate near the tip of Dorsoduro, where the Grand Canal merged with St. Mark's Basin.

In the resulting competition for a church design, the winner was an unknown architect named Baldassare Longhena, who had proposed a massive octagonal basilica that combined elements of Venetian Byzantine architecture with domes inspired by St. Peter's in Rome. Longhena described his design as "strange, worthy, and the shape of a round 'machine' such as had never been seen, or invented either in its whole or in part from any other church in the city."

The resulting church, Santa Maria della Salute. wasn't completed until half a century later, in 1682.

Minor losses. Cracklure surface.

Dimensions in inches - 52 x 39


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