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Giacomo Guardi View of San Giorgio Maggiore
Signed and inscribed "Veduta di S. Girgio Maggiore, e la punta della Giudeca / all Ospedaletto in SS. Gion e Paolo No. 5245 dimandar / Giacomo de Guardi" (en verso) Gouache on paper Italian veduta painter Giacomo Guardi composed this impressive view of the San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. The 16th-century Benedictine church was designed by the famed architect Andrea Palladio on the island of the same name, and Guardi captures it in all of its classical Renaissance grandeur. In addition to being a monastery, the church famously houses a number of paintings by Jacopo Tintoretto, including The Last Supper. Its impressive façade has been captured by a number of artists over the years, including an important series by the Impressionist Claude Monet. Depicted from a low vantage point, the grandeur of the church is perfectly realized 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 San Giorgio Maggiore; Francesco’s version of the scene is currently in the collection of the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg). 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. Circa 1804-1828 Paper: 5 1/4" high x 9 1/2" wide Frame: 8 1/2" high x 12 1/2" wide
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