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Building compound libraries for PROTAC programs
Applications of coumarin hybrids as fluorescent probes for bioimaging

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Aldrichimica Acta 2019, Vol. 52, No. 2

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), 1697–1768
The Square of Saint Mark's, Venice, 1742/1744

Painting Clues:

Canaletto painted Saint Mark’s Square several times from many directions. These compositions of actual views share many elements with the current painting. See, for example, the one at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck or the one at the Harvard Art Museums. Canaletto often painted these “vedute” directly outside the studio, and intended them to be purchased as souvenirs by tourists and other visitors of Venice.

Canaletto also created fanciful compositions called “capriccios”, such as Capriccio: An Island in the Lagoon with a Pavilion and a Church (St. Louis Art Museum), which we featured on the cover of Aldrichimica Acta 1992, 25 (3).

Partly as a result of Canaletto’s work and fame, Venice became a destination and subject for later generations of artists such as John Singer Sargent (Aldrichimica Acta 2000, 33 (3)), Richard Parkes Bonington (Aldrichimica Acta 2010, 43 (1)), and Joseph Mallord William Turner (Aldrichimica Acta 2012, 45 (1)). Canaletto’s influence is also seen in the work of his equally renowned pupil and nephew, Bernardo Belloto, whose landscape painting Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, was also featured on the cover of a recent issue of the Aldrichimica Acta (2017, 50 (2)).

Mark's, Venice. Photo courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC..

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