Portrait of Francesco Guardi

Francesco Guardi Painting Reproductions 3 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

Venice Lagoon, n.d. by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Venice Lagoon n.d.

Oil Painting
$937
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7066
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 44 x 54.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Landscape with a Wharf, Venice, n.d. by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Landscape with a Wharf, Venice n.d.

Oil Painting
$1032
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7067
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 45 x 70 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

View of San Michele in Venice, n.d. by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

View of San Michele in Venice n.d.

Oil Painting
$478
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7068
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 14 x 21.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regatta at the Grand Canal at the Rialto Bridge in Venice, c.1780/93 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Regatta at the Grand Canal at the Rialto Bridge ... c.1780/93

Oil Painting
$2841
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7069
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 48 x 79 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Fire in the District of San Marcuola, Venice, 28 Novembe by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Fire in the District of San Marcuola, Venice 28 Novembe

Oil Painting
$1091
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7070
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 22 x 36 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Piazza San Marco, Venice, n.d. by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Piazza San Marco, Venice n.d.

Paper Art Print
$47.71
SKU: GUF-7071
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 31.3 x 46.5 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Tobias and the Angel, 1759 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Tobias and the Angel 1759

Oil Painting
$1019
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7072
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 56.5 x 75.5 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

The Angels Appearing to Abraham, 1759 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Angels Appearing to Abraham 1759

Oil Painting
$1155
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7073
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 56.5 x 75.5 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Triumphal Procession in Piazza San Marco for Russian Archduke and Archduchess, 1782 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Triumphal Procession in Piazza San Marco for ... 1782

Paper Art Print
$47.71
SKU: GUF-7074
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 25.9 x 36.8 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

View of Grand Canal with the Dogana, c.1780 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

View of Grand Canal with the Dogana c.1780

Oil Painting
$1730
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7075
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: unknown
Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina, USA

Landscape - Capriccio, c.1780 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Landscape - Capriccio c.1780

Oil Painting
$865
SKU: GUF-7076
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 46.3 x 33.8 cm
Courtauld Institute of Art, London, United Kingdom

Regatta in Venice, c.1770 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Regatta in Venice c.1770

Oil Painting
$1707
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7077
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 48.6 x 78.4 cm
Frick Collection, New York, USA

View of Venice, n.d. by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

View of Venice n.d.

Oil Painting
$1881
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7078
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 48.9 x 77.4 cm
Frick Collection, New York, USA

San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice; verso: Flagstaff with a Pennant, c.1765/75 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice; verso: Flagstaff ... c.1765/75

Paper Art Print
$47.71
SKU: GUF-7079
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 14.4 x 31.2 cm
Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

The Meeting of Pope Pius VI and Doge Paolo Renier at San Giorgio in Alga, 1782 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

The Meeting of Pope Pius VI and Doge Paolo Renier ... 1782

Oil Painting
$2944
Canvas Print
$56.97
SKU: GUF-7080
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 71.1 x 81.3 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Regatta in 'Volta di Canal', c.1760/70 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Regatta in 'Volta di Canal' c.1760/70

Oil Painting
$2775
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7081
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 120.2 x 168.9 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Capriccio, c.1775/80 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Capriccio c.1775/80

Oil Painting
$485
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7082
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 18.7 x 14.8 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

An Architectural Caprice, c.1770/80 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

An Architectural Caprice c.1770/80

Oil Painting
$1054
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7083
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 54.2 x 36.2 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Venice: the Grand Canal with the Riva del Vin and Rialto Bridge, c.1770 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Venice: the Grand Canal with the Riva del Vin and ... c.1770

Oil Painting
$1953
Canvas Print
$57.43
SKU: GUF-7084
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 68.5 x 91.5 cm
The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom

Venice: Santa Maria della Salute and the Dogana, c.1770 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Venice: Santa Maria della Salute and the Dogana c.1770

Oil Painting
$1616
Canvas Print
$57.30
SKU: GUF-7085
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 86.5 x 90.5 cm
The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom

Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore with the Giudecca, c.1780 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore with the Giudecca c.1780

Oil Painting
$1199
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7086
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 35.2 x 54.7 cm
The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom

Venice: the Dogana with Santa Maria della Salute, c.1780 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Venice: the Dogana with Santa Maria della Salute c.1780

Oil Painting
$1388
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7087
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 35 x 54.7 cm
The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom

Capriccio with the courtyard of the Doge's Palace, c.1770 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Capriccio with the courtyard of the Doge's Palace c.1770

Oil Painting
$693
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7088
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 38.6 x 28.9 cm
The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom

Capriccio with the Archway of the Torre dell'Orologio, a.1780 by Francesco Guardi | Painting Reproduction

Capriccio with the Archway of the Torre dell'Orologio a.1780

Oil Painting
$607
Canvas Print
$50.10
SKU: GUF-7089
Francesco Guardi
Original Size: 27.6 x 22.1 cm
The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom

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