• No recent searches found.
Image details
An Architectural Caprice

Image availability

Our images are available in the following formats:
  • Low resolution file (72dpi JPEG, RGB)
  • High resolution file, A5 size (300dpi JPEG, RGB)
  • High resolution file, A4 size (300dpi JPEG, RGB)
  • High resolution file, A3 size (300dpi JPEG, RGB)

If you require a different file size, please Contact us.

You are viewing image NG2523

Francesco GUARDI , 1712 - 1793

An Architectural Caprice

Date: 1770-8
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 54.2 x 36.2 cm
Acquisition credit: Salting Bequest, 1910

Various features of the scene are drawn from Venetian architecture. The arch itself recalls that of the Torre dell'Orologio and the building in the middle distance, with the staircase, is a free adaptation of the internal fa├žade of the Doge's Palace and the Scala dei Giganti.

A drawing of the composition, which probably formed the basis for this painting, exists (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art). The view was engraved by Dionigi Valesi in Venice, in about 1778. It may be related as a pendant to some other similar picture by Guardi.


People, Child, Men, Urban, Outdoor, Arch, Column, Porch, Stairs, Street scenes, Towns, Vertical, Outside, Outdoors, Exterior, Exteriors, Open air, Openair, Archway, Columns, Column Lines, Column Posts, Staircase, Adults, Males, Kid, Young, Person, City Scenes, Street life, Street scene, Street, Streets, scene, scenes, Town, Architectural Caprice, Venetian, Torre dell'Orologio, Doge's Palace, Scala dei Giganti, Venetian

Buy a print

Click here to buy a print of this image.