La Piera del Bando. V.
From the series Vedute altre prese da i luoghi altre ideate (Venice: Giovanni Battista Pasquali, 2nd edition 1754/55-59)

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), Italian (active Venice, Rome, and England), 1697 - 1768. Dedicated to Joseph Smith, British (active Venice), c. 1682 - 1770.

Made in Italy, Europe

c. 1738-1740


Plate: 5 5/8 x 8 5/16 inches (14.3 x 21.1 cm) Sheet: 6 9/16 x 9 5/8 inches (16.7 x 24.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Lisa Norris Elkins Fund, 1951

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In this view of the Piazzetta San Marco, Canaletto illustrates the Piera (or Pietra) del Bando, located next to a column of the portico of the Basilica of San Marco. This fragment of ancient porphyry column (lower left), looted from Genoa during a thirteenth-century battle, was used as a proclamation stone from which important decrees were read.