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.
 

 

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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