Pantaleoni’s rather broad, almost playful brushwork here clearly marks the beginning of his evolution as an artist. His time in and around the canals of Venice sparked tremendous experimentation in style. Notice the way the blue engulfs the water and the large building in the foreground, the muted oranges of the buildings off in the distance, the boats, and the drab sky dangling above it all looked as though they were filtered through a massive colander to create just the right amount of that subtle hue. Contrasting all this are the much darker reflections off the water’s surface, which make every object ever so slightly more defined.
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