View of the square with the palace by Francesco Guardi

View of the square with the palace by Francesco Guardi

Among the many Venetian landscape painters of the 18th century, Francesco Guardi, an artist who, like no one else, embodied the numerous streets and outskirts of Venice in his chamber paintings, stands out. All these corners, given 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 the “capriccio” – the so-called fantasy of the artist on an architectural theme. In the small picture “View of the square with the palace” in the courtyard and under the arch you can see a lot of people

engaged in their daily affairs, which the painter presented in motion. The viewer watches them through the wide arch of a large ancient building.

The Guard was always 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 light fights against darkness, and a sun-drenched palazzo in the backyard.

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