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A Venetian Courtyard  1770

by Francesco Guardi

This view into a Venetian courtyard shows people engaged in everyday activities, such as a woman washing clothes. The focus of the painting, however, is on the beauty of the decaying architecture and the rich tonal variations of the shaded walls. Architectural painting of the 18th century typically represented monumental vistas of grand buildings, but, in this work, Guardi...
H: 21 7/16 x W: 16 in. (54.4 x 40.7 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum