Francesco Guardi - inv. 447

Titolo: 
Gondolas on the Lagoon (Grey Lagoon)
Numero di Inventario: 
447
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Landscape
Parole chiave soggetto: 
gondols
lagoon
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Francesco Guardi (1712-1793)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Venice
Venezia
Veneto
Italy
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1750
Datazione specifica: 
1765 c.
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Data di Ingresso: 
1898
Tipo di acquisizione: 
acquisition
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
18th Century Venetian Room
10
Codice audioguida: 
169

This painting is considered as a masterpiece of Francesco Guardi's poetical landscape painting.
Although the possible date of this painting has long been discussed, scholars generally agree in dating the work to 1765, as this is the period in which Canaletto's influence, evident in "Gondolas on the Lagoon", was strongly noticeable in Guardi's art.
This veduta ("view" in Italian) is characterised by a suggestive, almost magic atmosphere; a gondola sails on the calm water, while in the sunset light the Venetian estuary is barely visible.
The predominant colours of the painting are grey and pale blue, illuminated by pink patches in the background.
The only element that allows us to distinguish between the sky and the water is a line of buildings not very well defined, perhaps identifiable with one of  the furthest points of Murano.
Scholars agree that, in this remarkable picture, the composition is uniquely balanced and refined, representing a starting point for the development of landscape painting in the Nineteenth century.
A.D.L.

Masterpiece: 
true
Url Audio: 
http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it/audioguide/en_Sala_700_Veneto_Francesco_Guardi_Gondole_sulla_laguna.mp3