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Portrait of Marshall Von Der Sculenburg
18th Century
Portrait of Marshall Von Der Sculenburg
[Ritratto del Maresciallo Von Der Schulenburg]
c 1745
Oil on canvas
66 x 51 cm  [HxW]
Giulio Alfonsi, Vicenza

Giovanni Antonio Guardi was the last great exponent of Rococo in Venice: with an instinct for highly effective use of colour, in his Stories of Tobiolo , made for the organ choir gallery of the church of Angelo Raffaele in Venice, and in many other paintings of historical or religious subjects in the 1740s and 1750s, he achieved the culmination of his career with elegantly decorative compositions and tones drenched in light.

This is a work of exceptional pictorial quality, characteristic of the finest works by Antonio in the 1740s. This can be seen in the rich use of paint and the frayed brushstroke, in the sparkling play of light and, on the other hand, in the careful realism in portraying the facial features of the sitter. This supports the hypothesis that the portrait may be one of the two small-format paintings which documents show were paid one zecchin each to the painter on 5 and 12 August 1740.

Filippo Pedrocco

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