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The Colleoni Statue – Venice

Edward Seago (1910-1974)


Inscribed with title on reverse

Oil on board

19 ½ x 29 inches

Kennedy Galleries, New York

'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October-November 2021, no 322

The Colleoni Statue – Venice
Campo San Zanipolo, in Venice, is of such interest, both topographically and historically, that it offers much to an artist in search of a subject. Edward Seago painted it on several occasions, in both oil and watercolour, and, depending on his perspective, either excluded or, as here, included Andrea del Verrocchio's impressive equestrian statue of the mercenary captain, Bartolomeo Colleoni (1480-88). Behind it stands the Scuola Grande Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the charitable foundation (now a hospital) attached to the great Dominican church of the same name (both of which were built in the fifteenth century). They are dedicated to two early Christian martyrs, John and Paul, and their Italian names, Giovanni and Paolo, are shortened in the Venetian dialect to Zanipolo. The façade of the church is represented in the present work by the dark vertical stripe down its right-hand edge.

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