Baroque and Rococo


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Francesco Guardi


Francesco Guardi

born 1712, Venice
died 1793, Venice

one of the outstanding Venetian landscape painters of the Rococo period.

Francesco and his brother Nicolo (1715–86) were trained under their elder brother, Giovanni Antonio Guardi (q.v.). 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 (q.v.) 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 commonplace 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.


Venetian Capriccio

Oil on panel, 16 x 23 cm
Private collection


View of the Campo San Zanipolo in Venice

Oil on canvas, 62 x 47 cm
Private collection


Il Ridotto (The Foyer)

Oil on canvas
Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice


San Cristoforo, San Michele and Murano, Seen from the Fondamenta Nuove

Oil on canvas, 60,5 x 91 cm
Kunsthaus, Zurich


Nighttime Procession in Piazza San Marco

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

Oil on canvas, 72 x 120 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


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