An Imaginary View of a Venetian Lagoon, with a Fortress by the Shore

Object Details

Title:

An Imaginary View of a Venetian Lagoon, with a Fortress by the Shore

Artist/Maker(s):

Francesco Guardi (Italian, 1712 - 1793)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1750 - 1755

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, brown wash, and little traces of underdrawing in black chalk

Dimensions:

26.7 x 41.3 cm (10 1/2 x 16 1/4 in.)

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Francesco Guardi based this drawing on a picture much like one by Luca Carlevarijs, now in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, London. It is a capriccio, an imaginary view that was popular in Italy in the 1700s, and Guardi created many similar imaginary scenes of Venetian life. This scene is rendered in light brown tones, with both pen and ink, with wash. The shoreline is accented with white highlights. The combination of hazy brown shading and placid water gives the impression of a summer evening, just before sunset.

Exhibitions
Light and Water: Drawing in Eighteenth-Century Venice (May 17 to August 21, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 1 to August 22, 2004, (Cat.)
Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why (January 29 to May 4, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 29 to May 4, 2008, (Cat.)