$50,000 - $80,000
Rubens Santoro (Italian, 1859–1942) A Venetian Canal, with Saint Mark's Basilica in the Distance Signed 'Rubens Santoro' bottom right, oil on canvas 44 1/4 x 33 1/2 in. (112.4 x 85.1cm) provenance: Private Collection, Virginia. NOTE: Rubens Santoro was a skilled realist painter born in Mongrassano, Calabria, and son of the painter Giovanni Battista Santoro. He studied under Domenico Morelli at the L'Instituto di Belle Arti in Naples, and later excelled at painting highly detailed, sun-drenched Venetian vistas comprised of blue skies, and shimmering canal waters-often with gondolas and figures-framing historic buildings and landmarks. Here, the viewer is invited to enter the picture plane at lower center, following the canal as it winds into the distance at right leading to Saint Mark's Basilica.