Michele Marieschi (Venice 1710 - Venice 1743)

Michele Marieschi - The Bacino di San Marco, Venice, with the Piazzetta and the Doge's Palace
The Bacino di San Marco, Venice, with the Piazzetta and the Doge's Palace Oil on canvas

61.6 x 97.5 cm
24 1/4 x 38 3/8 inch

Michele Marieschi was the most romantic of the eighteenth century Venetian view painters. Born in Venice in 1710, Marieschi began his career as a scene painter and received his first artistic tuition from Gaspare Diziani.

Marieschi was a member of the Guild of Painters in Venice from 1736 to 1741. In 1735, he was invited to Fano to attend the funeral of Maria Clementina Sobieski and made two drawings of the ceremony which were subsequently engraved. In 1736, Marieschi received payment from Marshal Schulenberg for views of the Rialto and the Doge's Palace; he continued to be an important patron until the artist's death. It was during this period that Marieschi began to paint the Venetian views and capricci for which he remains famous.

In 1741, towards the end of his life, Marieschi published a series of 21 etchings after his views entitled Magnificentiores Selectioresque Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus.

The work of Michele Marieschi is represented in National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; the National Museum, Stockholm; the National Gallery, London, the Accademia, Venice; the Museo Correr, Venice; the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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