Francesco Guardi

1712 - 1793
Francesco Guardi was, after Canaletto, the main painter of views of Venice in the 18th century. His early figurative paintings were carried out in association with his brother, Gian Antonio, but in about 1760 Guardi turned to view painting. Following Canaletto he recorded both the architecture of the city and the celebrations of its inhabitants in interior and exterior scenes. These works brought him great success.

Francesco Guardi was born in Venice, the son of a minor painter, Domenico Guardi. In 1719 his sister married Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, who may have influenced the vivacity and bright colouring of Guardi's figures.

While Guardi followed Canaletto in producing views or vedute, he soon developed his own style, based on a freer handling of paint. He took particular pleasure in rendering the vibrant atmosphere of Venetian light and its dazzling effect on water.

The more 'impressionistic' approach of Guardi also found expression in small-scale imaginary scenes or capricci, of which there are many surviving examples, such as 'An Architectural Caprice'.

Related paintings

A Caprice with Ruins on the Seashore
Francesco Guardi
about 1775-80
A Caprice with Ruins on the Seashore
A Caprice with a Ruined Arch
Francesco Guardi
about 1775
A Caprice with a Ruined Arch
A Gondola on the Lagoon near Mestre
Francesco Guardi
after 1780
A Gondola on the Lagoon near Mestre
A View near Venice (?)
Francesco Guardi
probably 1775-80
A View near Venice (?)
An Architectural Caprice
Francesco Guardi
1770-8
An Architectural Caprice
An Architectural Caprice
Francesco Guardi
1770-80
An Architectural Caprice
An Architectural Caprice
Francesco Guardi
probably 1770s
An Architectural Caprice
Caprice View with Ruins
Francesco Guardi
after 1780
Caprice View with Ruins
Caprice View with Ruins
Francesco Guardi
after 1780
Caprice View with Ruins
Caprice View with Ruins
Francesco Guardi
after 1780
Caprice View with Ruins
Two Views of Venice
Francesco Guardi
1780s
Two Views of Venice
Two Views of Venice
Francesco Guardi
about 1770
Two Views of Venice
Venice: Piazza San Marco
Francesco Guardi
about 1760
Venice: Piazza San Marco
Venice: Piazza San Marco
Francesco Guardi
after 1780
Venice: Piazza San Marco
Venice: The Arsenal
Francesco Guardi
1755-60
Venice: The Arsenal
Venice: The Grand Canal with Palazzo Pesaro
Francesco Guardi
about 1755-60
Venice: The Grand Canal with Palazzo Pesaro
Villa del Timpano Arcuato at Paese
Francesco Guardi
about 1782
Villa del Timpano Arcuato at Paese
A Ruin Caprice
Imitator of Francesco Guardi
19th century
A Ruin Caprice
A Ruin Caprice
Imitator of Francesco Guardi
19th century
A Ruin Caprice
Two Caprices of Ancient Ruins
Imitator of Francesco Guardi
19th century
Two Caprices of Ancient Ruins
Venice: Entrance to the Cannaregio
Imitator of Francesco Guardi
probably 19th century
Venice: Entrance to the Cannaregio
 
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