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Capriccio with the Arcade of the Doge's Palace and San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Francesco Guardi (1712 - 1793)
  • Capriccio with the Arcade of the Doge's Palace and San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Italy
  • late 1780s
  • Painting
  • Oil on beech panel
  • Image size: 27.6 x 22.1 cm, oval
    Object size: 56 x 48 x 9 cm
  • P504
  • West Gallery I
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Further Reading
  • This picture, paired with P502, is a typical example of Guardi’s capriccio paintings – imaginary views, usually showing recognisable landmarks or architectural details in inventive or fantastical combinations, which were particularly popular in Venice in the 18th century. Generally, the view resembles that of the San Giorgio Maggiore (the church in the distance), as seen through the arched passage of the Doge’s Palace. As with many of Guardi’s works, several versions and related drawings are known.

    Both the present picture and P502 are thought to have been painted in the late 1780s. The style of figures’ costume and the overall technique, with short fractured brushstrokes, would indicate such a date.