View of the Piazza San Marco by Giacomo Guardi
View of the Piazza San Marco by Giacomo Guardi View of the Piazza San Marco by Giacomo Guardi View of the Piazza San Marco by Giacomo Guardi View of the Piazza San Marco by Giacomo Guardi
View of the Piazza San Marco by Giacomo Guardi

View of the Piazza San Marco by Giacomo Guardi

  • This exceptional gouache captures a sweeping view of the Piazza San Marco in Venice
  • The impressive work was composed by the famed Italian veduta painter Giacomo Guardi
  • The Piazza San Marco is one of the most famous and longstanding landmarks in the City of Water
  • Guardi perfectly captures the scene with his celebrated eye for detail
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Item No. 31-0130
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Giacomo Guardi
1764-1835 | Italian

View of the Piazza San Marco

Gouache on paper

Italian veduta painter Giacomo Guardi composed this impressive view of the Piazza San Marco in Venice. The renowned square is one of the world's most beloved historical sites, celebrated for the breathtakingly beautiful architecture that surrounds it. Napoléon famously called the Piazza "the drawing room of Europe" during his stay there in 1807, and it remains a popular central gathering place for Venetians to this day. Depicted from a high vantage point, the grandeur of the façades of St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Procuratie and the Campanile are captured with Guardi's renowned eye for architectural detail in the present work.

By the mid-18th century, Venice had become renowned as the center of production for vedute, a genre of highly detailed cityscapes, or vistas. The Guardi family were arguably the genre’s greatest practitioners, and they are historically considered to be the last true painters of the Venetian School in its classical form. Both Francesco Guardi and his son Giacomo painted the Piazza San Marco; Francesco’s version of the scene is currently in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). In both subject and style, it closely resembles the present gouache by his son.

While scenes like these appealed to the wealthy Italian elite, they were most popular amongst English travelers and other cultivated tourists partaking in their Grand Tour. Giacomo's masterfully executed works in watercolor and gouache were the perfect souvenirs that captured the picturesque beauty and architectural drama of Venice. This gouache is an exceptional example of his output, capturing the lasting grandeur of the City of Water.

Paper: 8 1/2" high x 11 1/2" wide
Frame: 15 7/8" high x 19 1/4" wide
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Framed:19.25"W x 15.875"H
Unframed:11.5"W x 8.5"H
Period: 1700-1815
Origin:Italy
Subject:Cityscapes
Depth:1.0
Width:19.25
Height:15.875
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