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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.
 



 

An Architectural Caprice

before 1777
Oil on canvas, 54 x 36 cm
National Gallery, London



 


Del ciclo de la leyenda de Tobias



 

The Feast of the Ascension

c. 1775
Oil on canvas, 48 x 78 cm
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon



 

Doge Alvise IV Mocenigo Appears to the People in St Mark's Basilica in 1763

1775-77
Oil on canvas, 67 x 100 cm
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels



 

Piazza di San Marco

1777
Oil on canvas, 61 x 91 cm
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon



 

View of the Molo towards the Santa Maria della Salute

1775-80
Oil on canvas, 45 x 71 cm
Galleria Franchetti, Ca' d'Oro, Venice



 

View of Piazzetta San Marco towards the San Giorgio Maggiore

1770s
Oil on canvas
Galleria Franchetti, Ca' d'Oro, Venice



 

The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi

c. 1763
Oil on canvas, 60 x 91 cm
Private collection
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