A Caprice with Ruins on the Seashore

An invented ruined arch dominates this view. Two men are depicted digging in the foreground. The architecture may have been inspired by ruins found on one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon. A larger painting by Guardi of the same period (London, Victoria and Albert Museum) also includes the ruined arch.

Key facts

Artist dates
1712 - 1793
Full title
A Caprice with Ruins on the Seashore
Date made
about 1775-80
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
36.8 x 26.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery