Slab under the window
This piece of furniture, made up of forty tiles inserted in a frame, decorated a window in the living room of a Venetian palace. The View of the San Marco square, painted on the base of the columns, indicates its destination, while the inscription, at the bottom right, “1751, Nove”, documents the manufacture. The tiles make up a fantastic figuration with ruins in the foreground, a lake, buildings and mountains in the background. The monochrome white and blue is accentuated in the broken architectures in the foreground and degrades into the distance. The relationship between the figure and the frame, rounded in the center and expanded with a double groove towards the outside, is ensured by the white and blue decoration, in bunches of flowers, which echoes the tufts of the background of the figure. The broken architectures represent, in the middle of the century, a typical motif of figurative landscaping, according to the model developed in the previous decades by Canaletto.