Like, Skyavoni embankment and lagoon at San Marco, Francesco Guardi
- Posted by Francesco Guardi
- Museum: Metropolitan Museum
- Year: 1760-1765
Overview of the painting :
Like, Skyavoni embankment and lagoon at San Marco – Francesco Guardi. 1760-1765. Oil on canvas. 122×152.5
The Venetian Guardi devoted almost all his work to “leading” – the image of urban landscapes. The main character of his paintings was Venice. He often painted any corners of his beloved city and less often – panoramas like the one on this canvas.
In the foreground is a lagoon with ships, boats and people in them, and in the distance, behind all this boiling life, you can see the Doge Palace, the Square of San Marco and Torre del Orologgio – the Tower with a clock, and a huge sky with clouds floating on it spread out to everyone. All three elements reigning in this city – water, earth and sky occupy an equal position in the painting of Guardi.
A feature of the artist’s painting was that he knew how to transmit wet Venetian air enveloping buildings and people and giving them shaky, slightly floating outlines. Guardi knew well the laws of captive painting, in his time few comprehended.