Really interesting piece on Francesco Guardi here from eclecticlight
In the second article in this series, I remarked how in the latter half of the eighteenth century, a hundred years before the birth of Impressionism, the Venetian painter Francesco Guardi used very painterly marks in his views of Venice. My example was a late view of the Piazza San Marco (c 1775).
This fascinating painting is in the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, and Guardi’s loose brushwork can be seen in a detail from it.
Since then I have been able to find out much more about Guardi and his painterly works. As he is…
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