This is one of the most Canaletto-esque "vedute" (view paintings) by the painter Francesco Guardi, characterized by an enlarged composition that is rich in detail. It dates back to the first years of Guardi’s work as a landscape painter when, perhaps taking advantage of Canaletto's absence while he was in England, the artist tried his hand at a genre that was in high demand at home and abroad. Guardi was
greatly influenced by Canaletto’s art, from which he learned to take great care in the construction of perspective and light, and in the meticulous rendering of architectural detail and figures. Guardi’s use of a camera obscura is documented (the Museo Correr houses one that is traditionally linked to his name), although less widely than Canaletto's.