View of the square with the palace, Francesco Guardi

View of the square with the palace, Francesco Guardi
View of the square with the palace, Francesco Guardi - 1

  • Posted by Francesco Guardi
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: Between 1775 and 1780

Overview of the painting :

The view of the square with the palace is Francesco Guardi. Between 1775 and 1780. Oil on canvas. 27×23

   Among the many Venetian landscape painters of the 18th century, Francesco Guardi (1712-1793), an artist like no one else who embodied numerous streets and outskirts of Venice in his chamber paintings, stands out especially. All these corners, transmitted with special warmth and love, are inhabited by people, and they are not a decoration or addition to the landscape. The picture can be attributed to “capriccho” – the so-called fantasies of the artist on an architectural theme.

   In the small picture “The View of the Square with the Palace” in the courtyard and under the arch you can see many people engaged in their daily affairs, whom the painter introduced in motion. The viewer watches them through the wide arch of a large ancient building. Guardi has always been interested in the problem of lighting transmission. In the presented work, he brilliantly coped with the task, showing the contrast of the shaded space under the arch, where the light fights with darkness, and the sunlit palazzo in the courtyard.