Luca Carlevarijs

Venice Francesco Guardi Udine
Luca Carlevarijs
Luca Carlevarijs.jpg
Portrait (1724) by Bartolomeo Nazari
Luca Carlevaris

(1663-01-20)20 January 1663
Died12 February 1730(1730-02-12) (aged 67)
Known forLandscape art

Luca Carlevarijs or Carlevaris (20 January 1663 – 12 February 1730) was an Italian painter and engraver working mainly in Venice. He pioneered the genre of the cityscapes (vedute) of Venice, a genre that was later widely followed by artists such as Canaletto and Francesco Guardi.[1]

Life and work

Carlevarijs was born in Udine. He was also known as 'Luca Casanobrio' or 'Luca di Ca Zenobri', for his patronage by the latter family. He worked principally in Venice, where he also died. His daughter, Marianna Carlevarijs (1703 - 1750) learned the art of pastel portraiture from Rosalba Carriera.[2]

Carlevarijs visited Rome. Here he was influenced by the Dutch painter Caspar van Wittel (often called Vanvitelli), who was a long-term resident of Rome. Van Wittel was the pioneer of the genre of vedute of Rome. Carlevarijs then started to create vedute of Venice, which are among the earliest Baroque depictions of the city.

He painted landscapes, sea-pieces and perspective views. His works included cityscapes with a topological interest as well as imaginary landscapes with ruins. He completed over a hundred etchings of views in Venice, which give an exact representation of the principal places in that city.[3]

The painters Canaletto, Francesco Guardi and Antonio Visentini are said to have been influenced by his work or even have been his pupils. His paintings and his set of 104 etched views of Venice, which were published in 1703, were the foundation on which Canaletto and Guardi built.[4] Johan Richter collaborated with him. He also collaborated with specialist figure painters who added the staffage into his landscapes or cityscapes.[5] He worked mostly in Venice.




  1. ^ John Wilson. "Carlevaris, Luca." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 14 April 2016
  2. ^ Pinacoteca Brera, Portrait of an unknown man (1737).
  3. ^ Venezia Riceve In Pompa Magna Il Cardinale Cesare D’estrees uno spaccato offerto da Carnevarijs Archived 2016-04-23 at the Wayback Machine(in Italian)
  4. ^ 56 paintings by or after Luca Carlevarijs, Art UK
  5. ^ Luca Carlevarijs (Udine 1663-Venice 1730), A Seaport with a Fountain and Ruins at the Royal Collection