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In Italian capriccio (plural capricci) means that which is capricious, whimsical or fantastic. In relation to painting the term is usually used to describe imaginary topographical scenes.

Examples of such pictures in the Collection include the work of Guardi. In his capricci architectural elements, drawn from actual sites, are recombined in inventive relationships for decorative effects.

An Architectural Caprice
Francesco Guardi
A Caprice with a Ruined Arch
Francesco Guardi
about 1775
A Ruin Caprice
Imitator of Francesco Guardi
19th century