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View of San Giorgio Maggiore
18th Century
Francesco GUARDI
Born 1712 Italy, Died 1793
View of San Giorgio Maggiore
[L'isola di San Giorgio Maggiore]
c 1755
Oil on canvas
49 x 83.5 cm  [HxW]
Museo Civico "Luigi Bailo", Treviso

Around 1750, when this painting was created, tourists started returning to Venice after the end of the Austrian War of Succession. Francesco Guardi began to paint views of Venice at this time following the style of Canaletto. The atmosphere is peaceful and luminous, the buildings are precisely painted and the figures are lively. This view is seen from the Piazzetta. In the background on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore is the Palladian Church partially obscured by a great red canvas which protects a ship.

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