Denver Art Museum

The Work

Venice: The Molo from the Bacino di S. Marco, painted between 1736 and 1740, oil on canvas, 18.5 x 31 inches

Painting Details

Look at the painting up close, and you can see discoloration and surface unevenness.

In the Past

Old restorations to the painting are visible along the edges of the sky.

Starting the Process

Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation curator of painting and sculpture at the Denver Art Museum, considers the work and its frame with Canaletto expert Charles Beddington prior to the conservation process.


Infrared images were taken of the entire painting to determine the level and extent of changes already made to the work and how best to approach restoration.


X-rays were also needed to help conservator James Squires determine how best to approach the restoration process.