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    Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

    28 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 85

    Francesco Guardi Venice 1712-1793

    A capriccio with a ruined arch and a villa beyond, figures in the foreground

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    Francesco Guardi Venice 1712-1793
    A capriccio with a ruined arch and a villa beyond, figures in the foreground
    oil on canvas
    12 x 19 7/8 in. 30.5 x 50.5 cm.


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    Antonio Morassi dates the present capriccio to between 1760 and 1770 on the basis of its unusually bold palette and lively brushwork. He notes that it is part of a series of four works (together with nos. 854, 863 and 980). All four were at one time with Knoedler Galleries in New York. A preparatory study for this painting is in the Museo Correr, Venice (see R. Palluchini, I disegni del Guardi al Museo Correr di Venezia, 1943, p. 56, no. 138).

    Provenance

    with Knoedler Galleries, New York.
    Ernest Hamill, Asheville
    Judith Hamill, Asheville.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 30 January 1997, lot 172, where purchased by the present owner.


    Literature

    A. Morassi, Guardi: i dipinti, Venice, 1984, I, p. 492, no. 987; II, fig. 870.


    Exhibited

    Springfield, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Francesco Guardi, 1937, no. 10.
    North Carolina, The Ackland Art Museum, on loan, 25 September 1977-24 September 1992.
    North Carolina, The Ackland Art Museum, Classical Subjects and Styles: The Abundant Tradition, 29 June-2 September 1984.
    North Carolina, The Ackland Art Museum, Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures in Collection, 15 May-6 September 1987.