Prospectuum aedium, viarumque insigniorum urbis venetiarum nautico certamine, ac nundinis adiectis. Tomus primus tabulas XII complectens, quas Antonius Canale coloribus expressit – Joannes Baptista Brustolon aere incidit. Serenissimo Principi D.D. Marco Foscareno Egregio, emerito, sapientissimo Augustae Republicae Duci D.D.D. Anno AE C. 1763 ab V.C. 1341
Venice, Lodovico Furlanetto, 1763
One of the finest of Venetian topographical print suites, equal in stature to the publications of Carlevarijs, Canaletto-Visentini, and Marieschi, however of greater rarity, especially as here in first edition (of four) with all prints in first state and in fine state of preservation. Ten of its twenty vedute depend from paintings of Canaletto drawn and engraved by Antonio Visentini, adapted to a larger size by Brustolon, who extended the views and enriched them with new objects and figures. Another four vedute are precise copies of prints by Michele Marieschi, slightly reduced from their models. The remaining six of Brustolon’s vedute are more original: four etchings are derived from recent paintings and drawings by Canaletto (executed 1756-1763) and the other two document paintings or drawings by Giambattista and Giuseppe Moretti. Throughout the suite, but particularly in etchings of this last group, depicting popular festivals seen by moonlight, Brustolon displays his special gift for rendering “la trasparenza dei cieli del Canaletto, e la luminosa brillantezza delle architetture” (Terisio Pignatti), which has earned for him a position “tra i più dotati e versatili incisori del suo tempo” (Mari Pietrogiovanna).