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Francesco Guardi
 
 

Francesco Guardi portrayed by Roberto Longhi, 1764
 
 
Francesco Guardi, (born 1712, Venice, Italy—died 1793, Venice), one of the outstanding Venetian landscape painters of the Rococo period.
 
Francesco and his brother Nicolò (1715–86) were trained under their elder brother, Giovanni Antonio Guardi. Their sister Cecilia married Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. By 1731 the brothers are recorded as collaborating in a bottega, half-studio and half-shop. Francesco does not appear to have adopted the practice of veduta view painting, on which his fame rests, before the mid-1750s or later. Perhaps he was impelled by the approaching death of his brother Giovanni and the absence of competition in this profitable field except from the aging and then unproductive Canaletto. His earliest views are almost always signed or initialed, as though to draw attention to his new artistic aims, and they seem inspired by Canaletto’s own works of 30 years before.

In 1782 he depicted the official celebrations in honour of the grand duke Paul’s visit to Venice, basing at least one of the compositions on contemporary engravings. Later in the year he was commissioned by the republic to make similar records of Pius VI’s visit, the contract specifically forbidding such copying. He enjoyed considerable favour with the English and other foreigners and was elected to the Venetian Academy in 1784. He was an exceedingly prolific artist whose scintillating and romantic impressions of the declining city are in marked contrast to Canaletto’s limpid photographic records of its architecture.

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Sacra Famiglia con l'Agnello






The Torre del'Orologio
1765-70
Oil on canvas, 62,5 x 89,4 cm
Akademie der bildenden Kunste, Vienna






Capriccio with Venetian Motifs
1760s
Oil on canvas, 33 x 51 cm
Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona

 
 
 

Venetian Capriccio
1775-80
Oil on panel, 16 x 23 cm
Private collection



View of the Campo San Zanipolo in Venice
1782
Oil on canvas, 62 x 47 cm
Private collection




Il Ridotto (The Foyer)
1755
Oil on canvas
Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice



San Cristoforo, San Michele and Murano, Seen from the Fondamenta Nuove
1755-60
Oil on canvas, 60,5 x 91 cm
Kunsthaus, Zurich



Nighttime Procession in Piazza San Marco
1758
Oil on canvas, 48 x 85 cm
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



The Piazzetta, Looking toward San Giorgio Maggiore
c. 1758
Oil on canvas, 49 x 83,5 cm
Museo Civico, Treviso



The Lagoon with Boats, Gondolas, and Rafts
c. 1758
Oil on canvas, 33 x 54 cm
Private collection



The Giudecca Canal with the Zattere
c. 1759
Oil on canvas, 72 x 120 cm
Private collection



The Lagoon from the Fondamenta Nuove
c. 1759
Oil on canvas, 72 x 120 cm
Private collection



Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo
1762-63
Oil on canvas, 72 x 120 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris

 
 
 
 



La Santissima Trinita ai Santi Pietro e Paolo


The Molo and the Riva degli Schiavoni from the Bacino di San Marco
1760-65
Oil on canvas, 122 x 152,5 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York



The Piazza San Marco towards the Basilica
1760-65
Oil on canvas, 72,5 x 119 cm
National Gallery, London



The Grand Canal, Looking toward the Rialto Bridge
c. 1765
Oil on canvas, 56 x 75 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan



The Grand Canal at the Fish Market (Pescheria)
c. 1765
Oil on canvas, 56 x 75 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan



The Three-Arched Bridge at Cannaregio
1765-70
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington



The Lagoon Looking toward Murano from the Fondamenta Nuove
1765-70
Oil on canvas, 31,7 x 52,7 cm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

 
 
 

 
 
 
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