Canal Grande with Santa Lucia and Scalzi Church

size(cm): 45x65
Sale price£172 GBP


The painting Canal Grande with Santa Lucia and the Scalzi Church by Francesco Guardi is one of the most emblematic works of the Venetian artist. The painting, measuring 63 x 89 cm, shows a panoramic view of the Grand Canal in Venice, with the Church of Santa Lucia and the Church of the Scalzi in the foreground.

Guardi's artistic style is characterized by his ability to capture the light and atmosphere of the city of Venice. In this painting, the artist uses a loose, vibrant brushstroke technique to create a sense of movement and life in the water and buildings of the city.

The composition of the painting is impressive, with a perspective that stretches from the foreground to the far horizon. The Church of Santa Lucia and the Church of the Scalzi stand out for their Baroque architecture and ornate details, while buildings farther away fade in mist and sunlight.

The use of color in the painting is another interesting aspect. Guardi uses a palette of warm and vibrant tones to represent the city on a sunny day. The red and gold tones of the buildings contrast with the deep blue of the water and sky.

The history of the painting is also fascinating. Guardi painted this work in the 18th century, during the heyday of the Republic of Venice. The city was then an important commercial and cultural center, and Guardi's painting reflects the wealth and beauty of the city.

Finally, there are little-known aspects of the painting that make it even more interesting. For example, Guardi is known to have made several versions of this same view of the Grand Canal, each with small variations in composition and color. Furthermore, the painting was acquired by the famous British art collector Sir George Beaumont in the 19th century, and has since been part of several important art collections in Europe and America.

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