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Venice. North view of the Rialto Bridge from Fondadenta del Carbon

Painting, 1760-th , 120×203.7 cm

Description of the artwork «Venice. North view of the Rialto Bridge from Fondadenta del Carbon»

"Venice. The northern view of the Rialto Bridge from Fondadenta del Carbon "is a famous pair with another lead - "Venice. Rialto Bridge with Palazzo dei Kamerlingi ». These monumental landscapes amazingly convey the atmosphere of Venice at that time. They are of great importance for the work of Francesco Guardi, and for all the art of the XVIII century. Both paintings were painted 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.

"Venice. North view of the Rialto Bridge from Fondamenta del Carbon went under the hammer at Sotheby's auction for £ 26.7 million ($ 42.7 million). 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.

Exactly six years later, “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 pictures of any of the old masters at auctions in 2017. After the auctioneer announced the winner, applause rang out in the Christie's Great Hall on King Street in London.

Author: Vlad Maslov
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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: 120×203.7 cm

Artwork in selections: 10 selections

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