"Say, Schiavoni promenade and the lagoon at San Marco, Francesco Guardi
Description of the picture:
Say, Schiavoni promenade and the lagoon near San Marco – Francesco Guardi. 1760-1765. Canvas, oil. 122×152.5
Guardi, a Venetian, devoted almost all of his work to “Veduta” – an image of urban landscapes. The main heroine of his paintings was Venice. He often painted some corners of his beloved town and, less often, panoramas like the one presented on this canvas.
In the frontal view is a lagoon with ships, boats and people in them, and in the distance, beyond all this boiling life, you can see the Doges Palace, St. Mark’s Square and Torre del Oroolgio – the Clock Tower, and everyone needs a vast sky with clouds floating on it. All three elements reigning in this town – water, earth and sky occupy an equal position in the Guardi picture.
A feature of the artist’s painting was the fact that he was able to convey the wet Venetian air enveloping buildings and people and giving them quick, slightly floating outlines. Guardi knew the laws of plein air painting, in his time not much comprehended by anyone."fire watch