Santa Maria Della Salute, Venezia, Italy by Rudolph James Nedved

Santa Maria Della Salute, Venezia, Italy by Rudolph James Nedved

Santa Maria Della Salute, Venezia, Italy

Rudolph James Nedved

Title

Santa Maria Della Salute, Venezia, Italy

 
Artist
Year
1932  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
9 15/16 x 7" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
11 of 70  
Annotations
pencil titled and initialed, dated, editioned, annotated "imp.", and dedicated: 'To "Andy" Juvinall and His Courage" 
Reference
 
Paper
sturdy ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21446 
Price
$250.00 
Description

This is a study of the church of Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health), a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located on the narrow spit of the Punta della Dogana, along the Grand Canal. The Venetian Senate began construction of the church in 1630 in response to the black plague, which had decimated a third of Venice's population. In hopes of stemming the tide of misery the Senate decreed the church be built in honor of the Virgin Mary, who was seen as a protector of the Republic.

Nedved and his wife, artist Elizabeth Kimball, were members of the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and worked at Nedved and Kimball, Architects (Chicago). Rudolph was president of both their Architectural Sketch Club and Exhibition League. (Together they exhibited at the 1928 Chicago Architectural Exhibition League's annual exhibition, ref. #307, page 13: "R.C. Bennett Residence, Glencoe".) In 1923 he won a traveling scholarship from the institute, and he no doubt traveled to study European architecture, perhaps creating the sketches for this future piece.