1. Francesco Guardi Italian, 1712-1793

    A Capriccio with a Ruined Gothic Arch, 1770/89

    Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash, over traces of black chalk, on ivory laid paper;175x248 mm

    Francesco Guardi though respected posthumously died a realtive unknown. He studied under the famous Venetian painter Canaletto. Guardi was a master of capricci a style popular in Venice that blends fantasy and reality. 

    The composition of this drawing was used in a couple of his paintings.

     
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