Luca Carlevaris moved to Venice in 1679 on the death of his father Giovanni Leonardo, an architect and painter. The sources mention a trip to Rome in his youth, possibly some time between 1685 and 1690. It was there that he became acquainted with the work of Gaspard van Wittel. The artist’s contact with the Roman school of view painting marked a stylistic watershed and he returned to Venice with a technique of clear, precise transposition obtained also through the use of the camera obscura. He worked for the patrician Zenobio family for such a long time that he was known as Luca di Ca’ Zenobio, and Count Pietro Zenobio was a witness at his wedding in 1699. The great collection of 104 etchings devoted to Venice was completed in 1703. Carlevaris was one of the most sought-after Venetian artists of his day, not least for his output of capriccios combining the fantastical with episodes drawn from everyday life.