View of the Ponte di Rialto by Giacomo Guardi
View of the Ponte di Rialto by Giacomo Guardi View of the Ponte di Rialto by Giacomo Guardi View of the Ponte di Rialto by Giacomo Guardi View of the Ponte di Rialto by Giacomo Guardi
View of the Ponte di Rialto by Giacomo Guardi

View of the Ponte di Rialto by Giacomo Guardi

  • This jewel-like view of the Ponte di Rialto was composed by Italian artist Giacomo Guardi
  • Guardi was one of the last true painters of the Venetian School in its classical form
  • This gouache embodies his impressive style, capturing the lasting grandeur of Venice
  • Scenes such as this were coveted by wealthy travelers as souvenirs of their Grand Tour
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Item No. 31-0129
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Giacomo Guardi
1764-1835 | Italian

View of the Ponte di Rialto

Gouache on paper

This grand view of the Ponte di Rialto spanning the Grand Canal in Venice was composed by the famed Italian veduta painter Giacomo Guardi. 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 beautifully serene depictions of the Ponte di Rialto, the oldest of four bridges spanning the Grand Canal. 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.

The jewel-like work of the younger Guardi demonstrates the great influence Giacomo took from his father. The glossiness of the lagoon, the haziness of the buildings, and the impressionistic feel of the work offers a unique view of life on the Venetian waterways.

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 3/4" high x 19 1/4" wide
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Framed:19.25"W x 15.75"H
Unframed:11.5"W x 8.5"H
Period: 1700-1815
Origin:Italy
Subject:Cityscapes
Depth:1.0 Inches
Width:19.25 Inches
Height:15.75 Inches
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