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ID number:  BIRBI-41.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Guardi, Francesco (1712-1793)
Title / Object name:  A regatta on the Grand Canal, Venice
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  the early 1780s
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  67 x 92.1 cm
Provenance:  Marczell von Nemes; purchased by Paul Cassirer Ltd., Berlin; purchased by Margarete Oppenheim, then by descent; purchased from Messrs. Paul Cassirer Ltd., and Mr H. M. Calmann in 1941 for £3,000.

This view of a regatta looks towards the Rialto Bridge on a Grand Canal thronged with gondolas and other boats. In the middle, to the left, is a bissona, a highly decorated ceremonial gondola with the figures of Cupid at the prow and Fame at the stern. Guardi’s painting may show the festival which was organised to commemorate the visit of Grand Duke Paul of Russia in 1782.

Guardi painted numerous views of Venice for visitors. They were freer in their handling and more atmospheric than those of the older Canaletto.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'European Masters of the Eighteenth Century', Royal Academy, London, 1954, no. 81; 'Life in XVIII Century Venice', Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood, London, 1966, no. 20; 'Painters and Decorators: The Making of 15th - 18th Century Italian Art', Northampton Central Museum, Northampton, UK, 26 September 1998 - 15 November 1998; 'John Murphy: And Things Throw Light on Things', Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 17 November 2004 - 23 January 2005; 'Colore!', Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton, UK, 26 April 2008 - 10 August 2008

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Guardi, Francesco

1 Related Publications

Morassi, A.

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