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A recent conservation has uncovered an astronomical oddity in the painting. From John E. Bortle's The Bright Comet Chronicles, we have:
Munger, who we know to have been in Venice in September of 1882 (see letter printed on 1882 Oct 22 in the Archives) and who most often records what he observes, placed the comet in the sky of this painting. It is the left pointing faint white 'V' in the upper right sky.
COMET C/1882 R1 (GREAT SEPTEMBER COMET; O.S. 1882 II). Followed with the unaided eye from Sept. until mid-Feb. 1883; ... Brightest, most extraordinary comet in over 1,000 years. A member of the Kreutz sungazing group of comets. Spotted on the morning of September 1, and from the 7th or 8th was observed throughout the world in western Hydra with a second- to third-magnitude head and a short tail. ... On September 17, at perihelion, easily visible to the unaided eye at noon, less than 1 degree from the sun, magnitude perhaps -17, with a tail up to 3 degrees long!. ...
The image is from the current owner's digital photo.