I put this on the board somewhere years ago - bought many years ago in Venice. I think we decided that it was old:)
Looking at the link Peter (oldglassman) posted to the Corning I came across this Miotti plate dated 1741http://www.cmog.org/artwork/plate-114
and it occurred to me the view was incredibly similar to my painting
So possibly as though the people in my little piece were painted standing on the jetty at the entrance to the Grand Canal
as per this painting: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/art-object-page.32589.html.html
i.e. the artist of my picture may have been sat there on that jetty painting them
- almost like touching history, a very odd feeling.
The link to the painting above is also c.1740s and in my painting you can see the white edge to the pavementing as well.
Very interesting - I know it's not glass, but the Miotti is
Under the heading of 'Bauta' in this link, there is a short explanation about the full face all white masks seen in my painting. It describes the people in my painting exactly and refers to the 18th century. I'm thinking my panel dates back to then. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_of_Venice'The bauta (sometimes referred as bałtta) is a mask, today often heavily gilded though originally simple stark white, which is designed to comfortably cover the entire face; this traditional grotesque piece of art was characterized by the inclusion of an over-prominent nose, a thick supraorbital ridge, a projecting "chin line", and no mouth. The mask's beak-like chin is designed to enable the wearer to talk, eat, and drink without having to remove it, thereby preserving the wearer's anonymity. The bauta was often accompanied by a red or black cape and a tricorn.
In the 18th century, together with a black cape called a "tabarro", the bauta had become a standardized society mask and disguise regulated by the Venetian government'
Interestingly, in that link there is reference to the masks being made of 'glass'?
'Venetian masks can be made of leather, porcelain or using the original glass
See also this link which shows a painting depicting wearers in the bauta and the tabarrohttp://www.bluemoonvenice.com/en/venetian-masks/the-bauta
The painting here is by Giovanni Grevembroch - ' "Mascare" - (18th century)'http://www.delpiano.com/carnival/html/bauta.html