Francesco Guardi San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice About 1770


Born 1712
Died 1793
Nationality Italian
Birth place Venice
Death place Venice

Guardi is famous for his 'vedute' (view paintings of Venice). He was influenced by Canaletto, but did not follow his precise clear style. He introduced a greater feeling for changing light effects and atmosphere into his paintings. Guardi's father, Domenico, and elder brother Gian Antonio were painters, and Francesco had begun his career collaborating with his brother on religious, historical and mythological works. He turned to view painting around 1750 and found ready buyers, not among Venetians, but in foreign visitors who wished to take paintings of Venice home as mementos of the spectacular city.