“The Piazzetta, the Doge’s Palace and the Riva degli Schiavoni”

“The Piazzetta, the Doge’s Palace and the Riva degli Schiavoni”

By Francesco Guardi (1712-1793)
ca. 1780
Oil on canvas
Inv. CAM 437
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Guardi was a master of the “veduta” landscape genre characteristic of the Venetian aesthetic. His paintings show dynamic brushwork and an almost impressionistic treatment of light.

This painting, displayed together with “San Giorgio Maggiore, the Dogana da Mar and Santa Maria della Salute” (also painted around 1780), is one of the most accomplished works from the peak of the painter’s career. Both paintings come from the collection of Baron Albert de Rothschild in Vienna and were sold to Moïse de Camondo in 1932 by the antiques dealer André Weill.

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