Venice. Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Kamerlingi

Francesco Guardi • Painting, 1760-th , 119.7×204.3 cm
About the artwork
Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Veduta, Urban landscape
Style of art: Rococo, Venetian school
Technique: Oil
Materials: Canvas
Date of creation: 1760-th
Size: 119.7×204.3 cm
Artwork in selections: 5 selections

Description of the artwork «Venice. Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Kamerlingi»

Monumental landscape "Venice. The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Kamerlingi ”is one of the most significant works both in the works of Francesco Guardi and in all the art of the XVIII century, amazingly conveying the atmosphere of Venice of that time. The picture is a famous couple with another lead - "Venice. North view of the Rialto Bridge from Fondadenta del Carbon ”. Both were written in the mid-1760s and one represents the look from the north, the second from the south.

These canvases can be called the brightest works of the mature period of one of the last representatives of the classical Venetian school of painting. The artist signed his creations - and this indicates the value that he attached to them.

The fate of these two landscapes is also curious. For the first time they were bought, most likely from the artist, in 1768 by a young Englishman named Chaloner Arcdikon. He made a grand tour - a trip to Europe, mandatory for offspring of aristocratic and wealthy British families. 123 years later, the canvas acquired for 3 thousand 850 pounds sterling (in a closed transaction through the house of Christie's) Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl Ivory - executive director, then head of the Guinness brewery and passionate collector. Masterpieces were inherited in his family until 2011, when they were separated. "Northern view of the Rialto Bridge" went under the hammer at Sotheby's auction for 26.7 million pounds sterling (42.7 million dollars). The temporary sale ban imposed by the British government so that local collectors could buy the painting and leave it in the country did not help - and it was put up for public auction.

In July 2017, “Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Kamerlingi” became the leader of the evening sale of works by old masters at Christie's. The buyer posted 26.2 million pounds sterling (33.9 million dollars), which was the maximum amount for paintings of any of the old masters at auctions that year. After the auctioneer announced the winner, applause rang out in the Christie's Great Hall on King Street in London.

Author: Vlad Maslov