Michele Marieschi

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View of the Bacino Di San Marco from the Church and Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

Michele Marieschi or Michele Giovanni Marieschi, also Michiel (1 December 1710 – 18 January 1744), also known as Michiel, was an Italian painter and engraver. He is mainly known for his landscapes and cityscapes (vedute), or views, mostly of Venice. He also created architectural paintings, which reveal his interest in stage design.[1]


Architectural Fantasy with a Staircase in a Courtyard

Marieschi was born in Venice in 1710 as the son of a woodcarver.[2] According to his biography in Pellegrino Antonio Orlandi's Abecedario Pittorico, published in Venice in 1753,[3] he spent some time in Germany, where he may have worked as a stage designer. [2] He returned to Venice in about 1735.[4] Under the influence of Marco Ricci and Luca Carlevarijs and encouraged by the success of Canaletto in the genre, he started to create capricci and vedute.[1]

Between 1735 and 1741 he was registered in the Venetian Fraglia de' Pittori, or painters' guild. One of Marieschi's sponsors at his wedding in 1737 was Gaspare Diziani.[2] Although he initially produced capricci (i.e. fantistic, imaginary landscapes), he later painted more topographically accurate vedute. One of his patrons was the noted collector Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg, who bought at least two canvases from him for 50 and 55 gold sequins respectively.

Michael Levey contrasts Marieschi's style with Canaletto's, noting that Marieschi's use of paint is livelier and fresher.[4]

In 1741 Marieschi published a set of 21 prints of Venice, under the title of Magnificentiores Selectioresque Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus; the title page featured a portrait of Marieschi by Angelo Trevisani.[2]


  1. ^ a b Dario Succi. "Marieschi, Michele Giovanni." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 8 Dec. 2016
  2. ^ a b c d Links 1977, p. 55.
  3. ^ Links 1977, p. 106.
  4. ^ a b Levey 1980, p. 125.


  • Levey, Michael (1980). Painting in Eighteenth-Century Venice= (Second ed.). Oxford: Phaidon.
  • Links, J. G. (1977). Canaletto and his Patrons. London: Paul Elek. pp. 55–56.
  • Mauroner, Fabio (April 1940). "Michiel Marieschi with Catalogue of the Etchings". The Print Collector’s Quarterly. 27 (2): 179.
  • Wittkower, Rudolf (1993). Art and Architecture Italy, 1600-1750. Penguin Books. p. 501.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Michele Marieschi at Wikimedia Commons
  • www.artistarchive.com A catalogue of the 21 plates from Magnificentiores Selectioresque Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus.
  • Canaletto, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains material on Marieschi