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Canaletto | The Molo Seen from the San Marco Basin, 1730

Canaletto | The Molo Seen from the San Marco Basin, 1730 | Louvre Museum, Paris

Canaletto (1697-1768)🎨 painted some ten versions of this subject, the most similar to this one being in the Uffizi in Florence.
The prototype for the series can be dated to around 1730.
Beginning in the 15th century, and especially in the 18th century, Venetian painters delighted in depicting parts of their city in exact detail.
The Rome-trained painter Luca Carlevaris (1663-1730) adopted the tradition in Venice and handed it on to his apprentice Antonio Canal, who combined it with experience gained from his father, a theatre set designer.

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Georges de la Tour | The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds, 1635


The only diurnal painting by Georges de La Tour in the Louvre along with the Saint Thomas, the Cheat illustrates a theme that was frequently taken up in the wake of Caravaggio**
The young man is subjected here to three major temptations according to 17th-century moral standards: gambling, wine and lust. 
Another version with notable variations is known to exist, the Cheat with the Ace of Clubs (Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum).