Luigi Querena

(1820 - 1887)

Gondolas and boats on the Molo, looking West towards Santa Maria Della Salute

Signed and dated, lower right: Luigi Querena 1871
Oil on canvas
9¼ x 21โ… in – 23.5 x 54.9 cm
Frame size
14 x 26½ in – 35.6 x 67.3 cm
Height 2 in (35.6 cm)
width 2ยน/โ‚‚ in (67.3 cm)

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Anonymous sale, Christie’s, Scotland, 2 May 1991, lot 427;
MacConnal-Mason Gallery, London;
Private collection, USA


Luigi Querena was born in Venice in 1824, son of the history painter Lattanzio Querena (1768-1853) and brother-in-law to the painter Antonio Rotta (1828-1903).

Querena enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice at the age of 12, studying under Federico Moja (1802-1885), a painter of architectural subjects and Venetian vedute works. Querena followed in his footsteps, developing as a painter of Venetian views and being compared with Canaletto (1697-1768).

He joined the 1848 uprising against Austrian rule and portrayed Venetian resistance in a series of 8 works.

He exhibited regularly at the Venetian Academy becoming an honorary member in 1857, also exhibiting in Genoa, Milan, Naples and Turin.

Querena Luigi