“Francesco Guardi”

Thief steals fake Francesco Guardi painting

Artnet news has reported that a painting that was stolen from the University of Toronto, which had originally been attributed to the 18th century Italian master Francesco Guardi (1712-1793), has been discovered to have actually been a fake. Three paintings were stolen from the campus between 30 January and 10 February, and one of them, entitled Church of Santa Maria della Salute and the Dogana, was believed to have been executed by Guardi. However, an Sylvia Lassam, archivist at Trinity College, confirmed that the painting was not one of the Italian master’s works, and said that it was an imitation painted in the style of Guardi by an anonymous artist, according to Artnet news. The other paintings that were victim of theft, William E. deGarthe’s Morning at Peggy’s Grove, and Yee Bon’s Credit River, remain...

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Christie’s announces the sale of a famous Guardi work

London, 6 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 8 July 2014, Christie’s is to sell a major work by Francesco Guardi (1712-1793), Le Palais des Doges et la Piazzetta de Venise, vus du Bacino San Marco. The work is estimated to fetch between £8 and 10 million. This veduta belongs to the collection of Baron Henri de Rothschild. Christie’s announcement represents the first time in a century that the work has been put up for sale and it has not been exhibited since 1954, when it was on display as part of La Peinture Vénitienne at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Historic and iconographic references have been used to place the work’s date of origin at around 1780, a figure which suggests that this work represents the pinnacle of maturity in the artist’s career. Representing his first research into light and the façade perspective, the veduta offers one of the most famous views of Venice, from Bacino di San Marco, a viewpoint which was also greatly employed by Giorgione Canaletto. The work is to go on a world tour, visiting Paris, Moscow, Hong Kong, New York and London, where it is to go under the hammer. The veduta is a style of painting which was widely used in Italy, particularly in Venice, in the 18th century. It is largely based on the large-scale representation of perspective in urban...

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Musée Jacquemart-André: the Canaletto and Guardi exhibition extends until 21 January 2013

Paris, 26 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Musée Jacquemart-André has just confirmed the exhibition “Canaletto/Guardi: the Two Masters of Venice” will extend until 21 January 2013, with special late-night openings. As reminded by the museum’s press release, the exhibition was supposed to end on 14 January 2013, but this date has finally been postponed. On 2, 3, 4, 11 and 18 January 2013 it will remain open as late as 9pm. Visitors will then be able to discover – or rediscover – works by great ancient painters, famous for their perspective views of urban landscapes – or vedutas – a genre that blossomed in Italy, and especially in Venice in the 18th century. The exhibition focuses on two of them, the most famous: Canaletto (1697-1768) and Francesco Guardi (1712-1793). The public will be able to appreciate the difference of styles between Canaletto and Guardi, on variations on various themes such as the Piazza San Marco, the Grand Canal, the laguna and Venitian festivals, as well as many other artists that contributed to the blossoming of the veduta in Europe: Gaspar van Wittel, Lucas Carlevarijs, Michel Marieschi and Bernardo Bellotto. The last section of the exhibition is dedicated to the capricci, views of a poetic and imaginary Venice....

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“Canaletto-Guardi: the two masters of Venice”

Paris, 4 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 14 September 2012 to 14 January 2013, the Jacquemart-André Museum will host an exhibition dedicated to vedute paintings, entitled “Canaletto-Guardi, les deux maîtres de Venise” (Canaletto-Guardi the two masters of Venice). The Jacquemart-André Museum, a residence of collectors from the late 19th century, is displaying works from the Flemish, Italian, and French Renaissance along with furniture. Consequently, the museum naturally offers an exhibition on Canaletto and Guardi “The two masters of Venice”. Dr Bożena Anna Kowalczyk, specialist of 18th century vedute, teamed up with Nicolas Sainte Fare Garot, curator of the museum to organise this exhibition. About fifty works will be displayed including some which have never been displayed in temporary exhibitions before. The Venetian vedute paintings are an artistic and cultural phenomenon which still fascinates and surprises today. The exhibition is designed in a didactic way and establishes a dialogue between the works, from the origins of vedute paintings to their flowering. Their peak is revealed in all its diversity through the major masters of the genre and especially through the two most important among them: Antonio Canaletto and Francesco Guardi. Other artists featuring in the exhibition are Gaspar van Wittel, Luca Carlevarijs, Michele Marieschi, and Bernardo Bellotto. The scenography compares the filiation between Canaletto and Guardi. Consequently, the rooms will be organised by themes: the birth of vedute paintings in Venice, Canaletto and Guardi, two looks on Venice, splendour of the ceremonies and celebrations in Venice, the lagoon’s charms, Guardi’s masterpieces, the whims, and finally dreamt Venice. This exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of major European and American museums such as the Frick Collection in New York, the British Museum and the Louvre as they loaned several...

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Records at Sotheby’s Old Master sale on 6 July

London, 7 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Sotheby’s Old Master sale on 6 July 2011 was led by Francesco Guardi’s monumental masterpiece, A View of the Rialto Bridge, Looking North, from the Fondalenta del Carbon, which sold for £26,697,250 (€29,834,146). This is a new record for both Venetian painting and the artist. The sale totalled £47,640,900 (€53,238,651), exceeding the pre-auction estimate of £31,110,000 to £48,120,000. The average hammer price was £952,818. A View of the Rialto Bridge, Looking North, from the Fondalenta del Carbon measures 115 x 199.5cm and is one of the artist’s four large-scale works, which were all made in the late 1760’s. They are the pinnacle of Guardi’s achievements. Several works set new record. An exceptionally rare work by Hans Schäufelein, The Dormition of the Virgin, was sold for £2,729,250 (€3,049,934), although it had been valued at one and a half to two million pounds. Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist Antonio Allegri, known as Correggio, was estimated at two to three million pounds and went under the hammer for £3,625,250 (€4,051,213). The pre-auction estimate for an oil painting by John Critz, Portrait of James I, was £80,000 to £120,000, but sold for £199,250 (€222,622). Charles II and James, Duke of York, on Board HMS Triumph, with Three Royals of Dover by Jacob Knyff was valued at £100,000 to £150,000 and purchased for £169,250 (€189,137). A triptych by Francesco de Michele, consisting of Saint Gregory the Great on the central panel, Saint Catherine of Alexandria on the left and Saint Jerome on the right wing sold for £241,250 (€269,587). The piece’s pre-auction estimate was £200,000 to £300,000. Portrait of a young man in a green tunic by Vittore Ghislandi, known as Fra Galgario, was valued at £60,000 to £80,000 and reached...

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