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Francesco Guardi (1712-1793)

Aliases: Francesco "de'" Guardi

Professions: Painter; Historical-scenes painter; Flower painter

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  • Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712-1793)

  • FRANCESCO GUARDI VENICE 1712 - 1793

  • FRANCESCO GUARDI (VENICE 1712-1793)

  • FRANCESCO GUARDI (VENICE 1712-1793)

Francesco Guardi Biography

(b Venice, Italy, 1712; d Venice, 1793) Italian painter. Francesco Guardi, like many Venetian artists, was trained in the family studio. Most of his formative years were spent assisting and being trained by his elder brother, Gian Antonio. The brothers opened a studio/shop in 1731. The exact attribution of early works has remained contentious. At some point, possibly in the 1750's, Francesco saw the potential for a lucrative career in the production of vedute for foreign visitors to Venice and broke free from the family business of painting altarpieces. Exactly when he embarked on this new trajectory is not fully understood. Guardi's development as a painter of views seems to have come later and been inspired by Canaletto. Guardi’s views, however, were altered and rearranged to improve the aesthetics of the overall composition; these liberties he took not only distinguished him from Canaletto, but also expressed his creativity and imagination. In 1782 Guardi was commissioned to depict a visit to Venice by the Grand Duke Paul for the republic’s records; he continued to work for the state depicting other state related events and occasions. In 1784 he was nominated into the Venetian Academy. As he got older, Guardi’s younger brother Nicolo and son Giacomo assisted him in the studio and continued to run it after his death. (Credit: Christie’s, New York, Important Old Master Paintings, January 26, 2005, lot 76)

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