Francesco Guardi was an Italian painter of veduta, nobleman, and a member of the Venetian School.
He was born in Venice in 1712, the son of a minor painter, Domenico Guardi, and went on to become, after Canaletto, the main painter of views of Venice in the 18th century.
His early figurative paintings were carried out in association with his brother, Gian Antonio, but in about 1760 Guardi turned to view painting, recording both the architecture of the city and the celebrations of its inhabitants in interior and exterior scenes. These works brought him great success. The earliest of these show the influence of Canaletto, but he gradually adopted a looser style characterized by spirited brush-strokes and freely imagined architecture.
Francesco Guardi is considered to be among the last practitioners, along with his brothers, of the classic Venetian school of painting.
Gallery notes: This fabulous pair of Venetian scenes are by a highly talented Venetian artist, and painting in the style of the classic Venetian School painter Francesco Guardi, at a later date. Cleaned and restored by our gallery. Old gilt composite frames restored.