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Francesco Guardi

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Francesco Guardi Painting - Venice The Entrance To The Arsenale by Circle of Francesco Guardi

Venice The Entrance To The Arsenale

Francesco Guardi Painting - The Ridotto In Venice With Masked Figures Conversing by Francesco Guardi

The Ridotto In Venice With Masked Figures Conversing

Francesco Guardi Painting - View Of The Giudecca Canal And The Zatter by Francesco Guardi

View Of The Giudecca Canal And The Zatter

Francesco Guardi Painting - Venice - The Doges Palace And The Molo by Francesco Guardi

Venice - The Doges Palace And The Molo

Francesco Guardi

A Caprice with a Ruined Arch

Francesco Guardi

A Caprice with Ruins on the Seashore

Francesco Guardi

A Gondola on the Lagoon near Mestre

Francesco Guardi

A View near Venice

Francesco Guardi

An Architectural Caprice

Francesco Guardi

An Architectural Caprice

Francesco Guardi

Caprice View with Ruins

Francesco Guardi

Caprice View with Ruins

Francesco Guardi

Venice - Piazza San Marco

Francesco Guardi

Venice - Piazza San Marco

Francesco Guardi

Venice - The Arsenal

Francesco Guardi

Venice - The Doge's Palace and the Molo

Francesco Guardi

Venice - The Giudecca with the Zitelle

Francesco Guardi

Venice - The Grand Canal with Palazzo Pesaro

Francesco Guardi

Venice - The Punta della Dogana

Francesco Guardi

Venice - The Punta della Dogana

Francesco Guardi

View of the Venetian Lagoon with the Tower of Malghera

Francesco Guardi

Capriccio

Francesco Guardi

Regatta in Volta di Canal

Francesco Guardi

The Meeting of Pope Pius VI and Doge Paolo Renier at San Giorgio in Alga

Francesco Guardi

Departure of Bucentaur to Lido

Francesco Guardi

Allegory of Hope

Francesco Guardi

View of Venice

Francesco Guardi

Ascent of a balloon

Francesco Guardi

Overlooking the lagoon with the tower of Malghera

Francesco Guardi

View from the Punta della Dogana

Francesco Guardi

Cappriccio

Francesco Guardi

Capriccio with pyramid

Francesco Guardi
Capriccio with Venetian themes

Francesco Guardi

Capriccio

Francesco Guardi

Capriccio

Francesco Guardi

Capriccio

Francesco Guardi

Capriccio on the banks of the lagoon

Francesco Guardi

Church , farmhouse and figures on the lagoon

Francesco Guardi

Portico at a towered city:

Francesco Guardi

Church on a small island in the lagoon

Francesco Guardi

Ruin arcade and farmhouses in the lagoon

Francesco Guardi

The Bucintoro before San Nicolò di Lido

Francesco Guardi

The Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo in the Venice

Francesco Guardi

The Grand Canal at San Geremia

Francesco Guardi

The Grand Canal at San Geremia , detail

Francesco Guardi

The arcade

Francesco Guardi

The pier in Venice

Francesco Guardi

Doge's Palace in Venice

Francesco Guardi
Tobias heals his blind father

Francesco Guardi
Departure of Tobias , detail

Francesco Guardi
Tobias when fishing with the archangel Raphael

Francesco Guardi
Palazzo Stern in San Nicolò di Lodo

Francesco Guardi

The reception of the envoys

Francesco Guardi

Easter procession of the Doge

Francesco Guardi

Saint in ecstasy

Francesco Guardi

Cloister in Venice

Francesco Guardi

L' Isola di San Giorgio

Francesco Guardi

La Fiera della Sensa in Piazza San Marco

Francesco Guardi

Landscape with Horseman ( The lone rider)

Francesco Guardi

Portico on the banks of a river

Francesco Guardi
Pope Pius VI . receives the Doge

Francesco Guardi
Piazza San Marco

Francesco Guardi
Piazza San Marco

Francesco Guardi

Santa Maria della Salute

Francesco Guardi

Ships in the sea storm

Francesco Guardi

Blessing St. Nicolaus

Francesco Guardi

Veduta fantastica

Francesco Guardi

Vista of the Isola di San Pietro di Castello

Francesco Guardi

Vista of the Grand Canal

Francesco Guardi

Venetian vista

Francesco Guardi

Venetian Gala Concert

Francesco Guardi

Miracle rescue by a Dominican Saints


Drawings

Francesco Guardi

Architectural Capriccio

Francesco Guardi

Banquet

Francesco Guardi

The Grand Canal in Venice

Francesco Guardi

Figure sketches

Francesco Guardi

Figures under a portico

Francesco Guardi

Public space in front of a palace

Francesco Guardi

Piazza San Marco in Venice from Leoncini

Francesco Guardi

Sketch of two gondoliers

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Famous Artists - Venice - Piazza San Marco by Francesco Guardi

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Francesco Lazzaro Guardi (October 5, 1712 – January 1, 1793) was a Venetian painter of veduta, a member of the Venetian School. He is considered to be among the last practitioners, along with his brothers, of the classic Venetian school of painting.

Biography

Francesco Guardi was born in Venice into a family of lesser nobility from Trentino. His father Domenico (born in 1678) and his brothers Niccolò and Gian Antonio were also painters, later inheriting the family workshop after the father's death in 1716. They probably all contributed as a team to some of the larger commissions later attributed to Francesco. His sister Maria Cecilia married the pre-eminent Veneto-European painter of his epoch, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

In 1735, Guardi moved to the workshop of Michele Marieschi, where he remained until 1743. His first certain works are from 1738, for a parish at Vigo d'Anuania, in Trentino. In this period he worked alongside his older brother, Gian Antonio. The first work signed by Francesco is a Saint Adoring the Eucarist (circa 1739).


House of Guardi in Cannaregio
Francesco Guardi - The Bucintoro Festival of Venice
Miracle of a Dominicane Saint (1763), Lugano

His works in this period included both landscapes and figure compositions. His early vedutas show influence both from Canaletto and Luca Carlevarijs. On February 15, 1757 he married Maria Mattea Pagani, the daughter of painter Matteo Pagani. In the same year his brother Gian Antonio died and his first son, Vincenzo, was born. His second son, Giacomo, was born in 1764.

In 1763 he worked in Murano, in the church of San Pietro Martire, finishing a Miracle of a Dominican Saint clearly influenced by Alessandro Magnasco in its quasi-expressionistic style.

Francesco Guardi's most important later works include the Doge's Feasts, a series of twelve canvases celebrating the ceremonies held in 1763 for the election of Doge Alvise IV Mocenigo. In his later years, Canaletto's influence on his art diminished, as shown by the Piazzetta in the Ca' d'Oro of Venice. In circa 1778, he painted the severe Holy Trinity Appearing to Sts. Peter and Paul in the parish church of Roncegno.

In 1782 Guardi was commissioned by the Venetian government six canvases to celebrate the visit of the Russian Archdukes in the city, of which only two remain, and two others for that of Pope Pius VI. On September 12 of that year he was admitted to the Fine Art Academy of Venice.

A stronger attention to colours is present in late works such as the Concerto of 80 Orphans of 1782, now in Munich, in the Façade of Palace with Staircase in the Accademia Carrara of Bergamo.

Guardi died at Campiello de la Madona in Cannaregio (Venice) in 1793.

Mature style

Among all the paintings attributed to either Francesco and his brother Gian Antonio Guardi, the most praised work is not a landscape, but instead the airy sfumato Story of Tobit painted for the organ loft in the small Chiesa dell'Angelo San Raffaele. To quote from the Web Gallery of Art:

Perspective, organized aerial space, the Palladian solidity of Tiepolo... are exchanged for a personal style of coloured handwriting - now brilliantly calligraphic, and now brilliantly cloudy.[1]

Lagoon Looking Towards Murano from the Fondamenta Nuova (1765-70)[2]

Guardi's painterly style is known as pittura di tocco (of touch) for its small dotting and spirited brush-strokes. This looser style of painting had been used by Giovanni Piazzetta and Sebastiano Ricci, and recalls, in some religious themes, the sweetened sfumato of Barocci's Bolognese style. In this he differs from the more linear and architecturally accurate style of Canaletto's painting.This style, a century later, would make Guardi's works highly prized by the French Impressionists.

Canaletto, as a vedutista, concentrated on glamorous urban architecture erected by the imperial republic; on the other hand, in Guardi, the buildings often appearto be melting and sinking into a murky lagoon.[3][4] Canaletto's canvases often have intricate linear and brilliant details, and depict Venice in sunny daylight. Guardi paints clouded skies above a city at dusk. These contrasts, however, simplify the facts, since Canaletto often painted the drab communal life and neighborhoods (creating in them some epic artistic qualities), while Guardi did not avoid sometimes painting the ceremonies of Ducal Venice.[5] Ultimately, Guardi's paintings evoke the onset of the dissipation. The citizenry has shrunken to an impotent lilliputian crowd of "rubber-neckers", unable to rescue the crumbling Republic, as for example in the Fire in the Oil Depot in San Marcuola.[6] It was fitting depiction of the rapidly declining empire, which had declined, in Napoleon's assessment, into a "drawing room of Europe" peopled with casinos, carnivals, and courtesans for hire.
Fire in the Oil Depot in San Marcuola (1789)
Footnotes

"Web Gallery of Art, image collection, virtual museum, searchable database of European fine arts (1100-1850)". Wga.hu. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
Oil on canvas, 31,7 x 52,7 cm. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
"San Cristoforo, San Michele and Murano, Seen from the Fondamenta Nuove by GUARDI, Francesco". Wga.hu. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
"The Lagoon with Boats, Gondolas, and Rafts by GUARDI, Francesco". Wga.hu. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
"Ducal Palace". Wga.hu. Retrieved 2012-09-13.

"Web Gallery of Art, image collection, virtual museum, searchable database of European fine arts (1100-1850)". Wga.hu. Retrieved 2012-09-13.

References

Short biography in the Web Gallery of Art
Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Aldo Rizzi, I maestri della pittura veneta del '700, Electa - Milano 1973
The Doge on the Bucintoro near the Riva di Sant'Elena (painting), also known as The Departure Of the Bucentaur For The Ascension Day Ceremony, held at the Louvre in Paris

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