Francesco Guardi: 11 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

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'The Guardi brothers and their studio took their cue from the engravings of the Recueil Ferriol, which arose in 1714 after Paintings by Jean- Baptiste van Mour.'

Source: Museum Kunstpalast

Two Odalisques Playing Music in the Harem by Giovanni Antonio Guardi; Francesco GuardiKunstpalast

'Francesco Guardi based this drawing on a picture much like one by Luca Carlevarijs, now in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, London. It is a capriccio, an imaginary view that was popular in Italy in the 1700s, and Guardi created many similar imaginary scenes of Venetian life.'

Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

An Imaginary View of a Venetian Lagoon, with a Fortress by the Shore by Francesco GuardiThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Francesco Guardi, who was strongly influenced by Canaletto's idealised views of the city, generally made preparatory drawings for his paintings; the Museo Correr in Venice holds a large collection of his sketches and notes. Here, Guardi provides a view of the Giudecca Canal, the waterfront promenade of Zattere, the churches of San Biagio and Santa Marta, and the Euganean Hills rising up in the distant background, behind the island of San Giorgio in Alga.'

Source: Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza

View of the Giudecca Canal and the Zattere by Francesco GuardiMuseo Nacional Thyssen - Bornemisza

'This is one of the most Canaletto-esque "vedute" (view paintings) by the painter Francesco Guardi, characterized by an enlarged composition that is rich in detail. It dates back to the first years of Guardi's work as a landscape painter when, perhaps taking advantage of Canaletto's absence while he was in England, the artist tried his hand at a genre that was in high demand at home and abroad.'

Source: Museo Correr

View of the Grand Canal at San Geremia by Francesco GuardiMuseo Correr

'The area around the Cannaregio--the canal that opens up in the painting's center--is not one of the more popular tourist views of the city, but Guardi's choice of site may have been inspired by Canaletto's earlier painting of the same scene. Guardi's view includes the reconstruction in progress on the Church of San Geremia (left), not apparent in Canaletto's painting of thirty years before.'

Source: The Frick Pittsburgh

View on the Grand Canal at San Geremia, Venice by Francesco GuardiThe Frick Pittsburgh

'On the right side, behind the tiny figures on shore, he depicted the Church of San Geremia in the midst of its renovation.'

Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Grand Canal, Venice, with the Palazzo Bembo by Francesco Guardi (Italian, 1712 - 1793)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'By placing much of the façade in shade, he brings the enormous building into balance with the Franciscan Order's early Renaissance building, now a hospital, the Scuola di San Marco, whose ornate façade is highlighted by strong light.'

Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Campo San Zanipolo in Venice by Francesco GuardiMuseum of Fine Arts, Budapest

'Guardi drew several paintings and drawings to record their visit.'

Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

A Theatrical Performance by Francesco GuardiThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'The motif of the arch - semi-circular or Gothic - with or without a lantern is often found in the landscape compositions of Francesco Guardi and his numerous drawings.'

Source: The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Architectural fantasy with a courtyard by Francesco GuardiThe Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

'The Campo San Polo was a residential square, unlike the famous tourist spot, Saint Mark's, that he usually sketched. Guardi filled the scene with minute details for an intimate glimpse of urban life in Venice.'

Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

View of Campo S. Polo by Francesco GuardiThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Francesco Guardi lived and worked in Venice his entire life and made its many festivities and everyday life and manners his favourite theme.'

Source: SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

The Bucintoro Festival of Venice by Francesco GuardiSMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

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