Francesco Guardi

Francesco Guardi - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) came from a family of artists; both his father and his elder brother Antonio were painters. Francesco established himself as a figure painter in Antonio's workshop but around the time of his brother's death in 1760, Francesco began producing vedute. Guardi's Venetian views were indebted to Canaletto but as an English patron noted, "Though he has taken Canaletto's department, Guardi has still followed a particular manner; which is spirited and quite his own." Guardi's vedute appeared topographically accurate but increasingly, the artist rearranged buildings or altered lighting to improve a composition. These liberties were not always well-received. Guardi's atmospheric and fantastical views of ruins, known as capriccio, gave free reign to his imagination.

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Francesco Guardi

A Caprice with a Ruined Arch

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This invented ruined arch, with a suspended lantern, may be derived from those which form the arcade of the Doge's Palace in Venice. The arch appears in other works by Guardi.
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Francesco Guardi

An Architectural Caprice

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Various features of the scene are drawn from Venetian architecture. The arch itself recalls that of the Torre dell'Orologio and the building in the middle distance, with the staircase, is a free adaptation of the internal façade of the Doge's Palace and the Scala dei Giganti.
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Francesco Guardi

An Architectural Caprice (2)

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This invented architectural setting includes a domed building, possibly a temple set on a podium, and a semi-circular colonnade which concludes in the right foreground. The domed construction is derived in part from Palladio's unexecuted design for the Rialto Bridge.
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Francesco Guardi

San Giorgio Maggiore seen from the Giudecca

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This church, designed by Palladio, was a popular subject for the artist who belongs to the vedutisti – painters of the highly detailed cityscapes known as vedute. The clock tower, which had collapsed in 1774, is missing from this painting as are the building works for the rebuilding of the campanile, which went on until 1791. Guardi preferred either to...
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Francesco Guardi

The Bucintoro Festival of Venice

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The Bucintoro Festival of Venice. The Bacino di S. Marco with the "Bucintoro", the Doge's State Barge, on Ascension Day
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Francesco Guardi

The Giudecca with the Zitelle

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Beyond Venice's Grand Canal, bustling with gondolas and sailing boats, is the church of Santa Maria della Presentazione. Better known as the Zitelle, it was originally attached to a foundling hospital for girls and was built in the 16th century.
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The Punta della Dogana

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This scene shows the entrance to the Grand Canal with the Dogana da Mar, the Customs House of Venice, built by Benoni about 1677. On top of the gateway is a golden ball, with a weather vane representing Fortune.
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