An Architectural Caprice

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.

The overall composition is based on a drawing by Guardi (London, Victoria and Albert Museum). Studies by Guardi, after Palladio's design for the Rialto Bridge, also survive (Venice, Museo Correr).

Key facts

Artist dates
1712 - 1793
Full title
An Architectural Caprice with a Palladian Style Building
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
22.3 x 17 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery