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The Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge from the South

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The Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge from the South

Francesco Guardi (AKA Francesco Lazzaro Guardi di Domenico), Italian (Venetian), (October 5, 1712–1793)

Creation date: ca. 1775
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1940.77
State/Province: Venice
Dimensions: 21 1/2 in. x 33 1/2 in. (54.61 cm x 85.09 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Charles Benjamin Caldwell, New Grange, County Mearth, Ireland (19th century - ca. 1876)

Charles Bulwer Caldwell, London, England (ca. 1876 - April 26, 1939)

Sotheby's, London, England (April 26, 1939 - April 26, 1939)

M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, New York (April 26, 1939 - October 23, 1940)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California (1940 - 1940)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1940 - )

Label Copy

Francesco Guardi
Italian, Venice, 1712–1793
The Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge from the South
ca. 1770–75
Oil on canvas, lined to an aluminum panel

Francesco Guardi was the third and last of the great Venetian view painters, and stylistically the most distinct of the trio. Featuring frenetic, unglamorized views of everyday life in Venice, Guardi’s cityscapes are marked by freer brushwork and often more forbidding atmospheres than Canaletto’s or Bellotto’s. Here he depicts the chaotic commerce of the Grand Canal surrounded by an untidy celebration of uneven awnings, fluttering laundry, creaky shutters, and crumbling architecture. Guardi’s genius, admired by later generations, lay partly in recognizing that Venice without her makeup was still “la Serenissima.” --MAB 2016





Last Updated: 5/6/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Masterpieces of Painting: Diamond Jubilee Exhibition Philadelphia Museum of Art , 11/4/1950 - 2/11/1951

Venice, 1700–1800 The Detroit Institute of Arts , 1/1/1952 - 12/31/1952

5 year loan to the new Timken Art Gallery , 9/2/1965 - 9/2/1970

Every Picture Has a Story Timken Museum of Art , 10/19/2000 - 2/18/2001

Venetian Views The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/6/2016 - 5/21/2017

Genre and Myth The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/13/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 66-67, Figure Number: 66

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 97

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 105

Ms. Nora Desloge. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 122, 123, Figure Number: 123

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 631

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 76-77, 79, Figure Number: 79

Agnes Mongan and Elizabeth Mongan. European Paintings in The Timken Art Gallery: Putnam Foundation. San Diego, California, 1969
Page Number: 38, 39, 112, Figure Number: 11

Antonio Morassi. Guardi: Alfieri Gruppo Editoriale Eelcta. Venezia, Italia, 1984
Page Number: 411, no. 543

Mr. Martin E. Petersen, ed. Master Works from the Collection of the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego Museum of Art, 1968
Page Number: Guardi, Figure Number: Guardi

Lester D. Longman, ed. Parnassus College Art Association. New York, New York, February 1941
Page Number: 83, Figure Number: 83

Masterpieces of Art: Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1950
Page Number: cat. no. 34, Figure Number: 34

Bulletin: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, July 1962-September 1962
Page Number: 10, Figure Number: 10-11

Jean Luc Bordeaux. Apollo The Financial Times, Ltd. London, England, June 1982
Page Number: 448, 449, Figure Number: 1

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, December 1, 1944-December 14, 1944
Page Number: 14, Figure Number: 14

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, November 30, 1940
Page Number: 7, 17, Figure Number: 7

Art Prices Current The Art Trade Press Limited. London, England, 1939
Page Number: A 59, no. 2333

5 Old Masters Acquired by the Fine Arts Society of San Diego, California San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, November 14, 1940
Page Number: Guardi

John D. Morse. Old Master Paintings in North America Abbeville Press Publishers. New York, New York, 1979
Page Number: 159, 169, Figure Number: 169

John D. Morse. Old Masters in America: Rand McNally & Company. New York, New York, 1955
Page Number: 94, 96, Figure Number: 94

Venice, 1700–1800: The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, Michigan, 1952
Page Number: 33 no. 27

William Wyatt Davenport. Art Treasures in the West Lane Magazine & Book Company. Menlo Park, California, 1966
Page Number: 30, Figure Number: 30

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 120, 121, Figure Number: 121

Ms. Elizabeth McCausland. Parnassus College Art Association. New York, New York, February 1941
Page Number: 83, Figure Number: 83

Mr. Charles Z. Offin, ed. Pictures on Exhibit Pictures Publishing Co.. New York, New York, January 1941
Page Number: 10, 11, Figure Number: 10

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. Omniart American Institute of Architects. San Diego, California, June 1963
Page Number: 9-10, Figure Number: 10

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