JONATHAN PIKE | Palazzo Mangilli, Valmarana, Venice
18½" x 13"/47 x 33 cms
Palazzo Smith Mangilli Valmarana is a palace in Venice, located in the Cannaregio district and overlooking the Grand Canal.
The neoclassical building consists of three floors with a mezzanine and another mezzanine in the attic. The ground floor has a water portal placed centrally and dominated by a tympanum. Each of the two noble floors have four rectangular windows arranged regularly and divided by pairs of Corinthian pilasters on the first floor, which also offers a central large opening flanked by Corinthian half-columns supporting a larger gable.
The Palazzo is best known for having been the residence of the English Consul Joseph Smith, who was Canaletto's agent to sell his paintings to British clientele. Smith bought the palazzo in 1740.
The palace was originally a Gothic Byzantine building, but when it became the seat of the English embassy and the residence of Smith, he altered the structure according to the taste of the time: in 1743, painter and engraver Antonio Visentini designed the new facade; the work lasted until 1751. The new facade only reached the present first noble floor.
In 1784, the palace passed into the property of Count Giuseppe Mangilli, who added the above floors and invited Giannantonio Selva to decorate the interiors. Selva created a luxurious and unified series of rooms in neoclassical style, still perfectly preserved today.
- Jonathan Pike is broadly acknowledged to be one of the finest architectural painters of his generation. A watercolourist first and foremost, he also paints in gouache and oils. Jonathans attention to architectural heritage and the decay of manmade objects is perfectly articulated in his work, from a classical structure in Venice to a British coastal scene. Texture and light are brought together to create dramatic renderings where attention to detail contributes to the passion and emotion of the scene. An avid traveler, Jonathan specializes in cityscapes of Rome, Florence, Havana, London, Dublin and elsewhere, but it is his exquisite Venetian scenes that have attracted a particularly keen following amongst collectors worldwide. Jonathan first visited Venice in 1975, and has returned on many occasions to produce his mesmeric studies of the atmosphere and light of this unique city.
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