|Dates||1712 - 1793|
Francesco Guardi came from a family of artists; both his father and his elder brother Antonio were painters. Francesco established himself as a figure painter in Antonio's workshop but around the time of his brother's death in 1760, Francesco began producing
Guardi spent his entire life in and around Venice producing work for local patrons as well as the tourist trade. He was also employed by the government to record state occasions such as the 1782 visit of Pope Pius VI. In addition to paintings and drawings of state visits and receptions, Guardi contributed designs for these celebrations including designs for furniture and parade boats. Toward the end of his long career, Francesco was assisted by his younger brother Nicolò and by his son Giacomo. After his father's death, Giacomo Guardi continued the family studio producing paintings both in his father's and his own style.