Portrait of Francesco Guardi

Francesco Guardi Painting Reproductions 2 of 5

1712-1793

Italian Rococo Painter

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

Francesco Guardi was born in Venice into a family of lesser nobility from Trentino. His father Domenico (born in 1678) and his brothers Niccolo and Gian Antonio were also painters, the latter 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, Francesco moved to the workshop of Michele Marieschi, where he remained until 1743. His first certain works is from 1738, for a parish at Vigo d'Anuania, in Trentino. In this period he worked alongside his better-known brother, Gian Antonio. The first work signed by Francesco is a Saint Adoring the Eucarist (circa 1739).

His works in this period included landscapes as well as figure representations. His early vedutas show influence both from Canaletto and Luca Carlevarijs. On February 15, 1757 he married Maria Mathea 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 showed 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 Facade of Palace with Staircase in the Accademia Carrara of Bergamo.

Guardi died at Venice in 1793.

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

Canaletto appears to have concentrated on meticulously depicting the urban architecture of the imperial republic; on the other hand, in Guardi, the buildings often appear to be melting and sinking into a murky lagoon. Canaletto's canvases often have intricate linear and brilliant details of urban structures, and depict Venice in sunny daylight. Guardi's skies are clouded and the time is 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 painting some of the now-empty ceremonies of Ducal Venice. 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. 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.

106 Francesco Guardi Paintings

The Bucentaur Departs for the Lido of Venice, on Ascension Day, c.1775/80 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Bucentaur Departs for the Lido of Venice, on ... c.1775/80

Oil Painting
$4015
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7042
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 66 x 101 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

The Doge of Venice Grants an Audience in the Sala del Collegio in the Ducal Palace, c.1775/80 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Doge of Venice Grants an Audience in the Sala ... c.1775/80

Oil Painting
$2725
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7043
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 67 x 101 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

The Doge in the Shrove Tuesday Festival on the Piazzetta, Venice, c.1775/80 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Doge in the Shrove Tuesday Festival on the ... c.1775/80

Oil Painting
$6716
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7044
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 67 x 100 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

The Doge in the Shrove Tuesday Festival on the Piazzetta, Venice (detail), c.1775/80 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Doge in the Shrove Tuesday Festival on the ... c.1775/80

Canvas Print
$65.84
SKU: GUF-7045
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: unknown
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

View up the Grand Canal Toward the Rialto, c.1785 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

View up the Grand Canal Toward the Rialto c.1785

Oil Painting
$2322
Canvas Print
$54.53
SKU: GUF-7046
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 65.4 x 90 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, USA

Procession of Gondolas in the Bacino di San Marco, c.1780/93 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Procession of Gondolas in the Bacino di San Marco c.1780/93

Oil Painting
$1644
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7047
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 98 x 138 cm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA

Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge, Venice, c.1780 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge, Venice c.1780

Oil Painting
$2056
SKU: GUF-7048
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 68.5 x 91.5 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Temporary Tribune in the Campo San Zanipolo, Venice, c.1782 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Temporary Tribune in the Campo San Zanipolo, Venice c.1782

Oil Painting
$1209
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7049
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 37.5 x 31.5 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

View on the Cannaregio Canal, Venice, c.1775/80 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

View on the Cannaregio Canal, Venice c.1775/80

Oil Painting
$1707
SKU: GUF-7050
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 50 x 76.8 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Fanciful View of the Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome, c.1785 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Fanciful View of the Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome c.1785

Oil Painting
$1466
SKU: GUF-7051
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 46.8 x 76.3 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Capriccio of a Harbor, c.1760/70 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Capriccio of a Harbor c.1760/70

Oil Painting
$1577
SKU: GUF-7052
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 122 x 178 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Capriccio, a.1770 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Capriccio a.1770

Oil Painting
$1068
SKU: GUF-7053
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 30.6 x 51.3 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Capriccio: Lake, Bridge and Ruins, a.1770 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Capriccio: Lake, Bridge and Ruins a.1770

Oil Painting
$1068
SKU: GUF-7054
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 30.5 x 51 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Garden of the Palazzo Contarini dal Zaffo, c.1780 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Garden of the Palazzo Contarini dal Zaffo c.1780

Oil Painting
$1446
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7055
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 48 x 78 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Dogana, Venice, c.1780/89 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Dogana, Venice c.1780/89

Oil Painting
$693
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7056
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 33.7 x 26.7 cm
National Gallery of Art, Ottawa, Canada

The Piazzetta, Venice, c.1780/89 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Piazzetta, Venice c.1780/89

Oil Painting
$693
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7057
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 33.7 x 26.7 cm
National Gallery of Art, Ottawa, Canada

The Church of St. Maria della Salute, Venice, c.1780/85 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Church of St. Maria della Salute, Venice c.1780/85

Oil Painting
$1747
SKU: GUF-7058
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 71 x 95 cm
National Gallery of Art, Ottawa, Canada

Venice: The Doge's Palace and the Molo, c.1770 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Venice: The Doge's Palace and the Molo c.1770

Oil Painting
$2095
Canvas Print
$59.36
SKU: GUF-7059
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 58.1 x 76.4 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Venice: The Punta della Dogana with St. Maria della Salute, c.1770 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Venice: The Punta della Dogana with St. Maria ... c.1770

Oil Painting
$2225
Canvas Print
$56.19
SKU: GUF-7060
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 56.2 x 75.9 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

View of the Venetian Lagoon with the Tower of Malghera, c.1770 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

View of the Venetian Lagoon with the Tower of Malghera c.1770

Oil Painting
$628
SKU: GUF-7061
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 21.3 x 41.3 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Venetian Capriccio, c.1760/65 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Venetian Capriccio c.1760/65

Oil Painting
$1037
Canvas Print
$50.51
SKU: GUF-7062
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 52.4 x 38.4 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

View of the Rialto, Venice from the Grand Canal, c.1780/90 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

View of the Rialto, Venice from the Grand Canal c.1780/90

Oil Painting
$1791
Canvas Print
$68.21
SKU: GUF-7063
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 43.2 x 62.9 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

View of the Santa Maria della Salute with the Dogana di Mare, n.d. by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

View of the Santa Maria della Salute with the ... n.d.

Oil Painting
$1295
Canvas Print
$55.25
SKU: GUF-7064
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 42.5 x 51.8 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Flowers, n.d. by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Flowers n.d.

Oil Painting
$1402
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7065
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 53.5 x 76.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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