An Architectural Caprice

The picture is a caprice including motifs drawn from the courtyard of the Doge's Palace in Venice, as seen from the south (or waterfront end). The staircase recalls the Scala dei Giganti and the building on the left the Arco Foscari.

Three drawings by Guardi related to this composition are known (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Key facts

Artist dates
1712 - 1793
Full title
An Architectural Caprice
Date made
probably 1770s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
22.1 x 17.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery