Francesco Guardi / View up the Grand Canal Toward the Rialto / about 1785Francesco Guardi
View up the Grand Canal Toward the Rialto
about 1785

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Creator Name: Guardi, Francesco
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian; Venetian
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1712 - 1793
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Francesco Guardi
Title: View up the Grand Canal Toward the Rialto
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1783
Creation End Date: 1787
Creation Date: about 1785
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.25-3/4 x W.35-7/16 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 56.41
Credit Line: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund and Gift of Funds of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Bennett

The Grand Canal, the principal waterway of Venice, winds through the city from the railway station to the Piazza San Marco, where it meets the Adriatic Sea. In this late afternoon view, Francesco Guardi portrayed a section of the Grand Canal from a vantage point looking northeast toward the Rialto bridge.

Many of the buildings seen here still exist, although those on the left side of the canal were replaced in the 19th century. The first two palaces at the far right, the Ca' Farsetti and the adjacent Palazzo Loredan, today function together as the city hall. Beyond the dark fa├žade of the Palazzo Bembo, the bell tower of the church of San Bartolommeo dominates the horizon. The Fondaco dei Tedeschi, originally the headquarters for German merchants and now a post office, appears in the right background immediately beyond the Rialto bridge.

Acquired in 1956 56.41

AMICA ID: MIA_.56.41
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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