Lot 41
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Francesco Guardi

120,000 - 150,000 GBP
125,000 GBP
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  • Francesco Guardi
  • Venice, a view of Santa Maria della Salute looking west
  • oil on canvas
  • 22.8 by 37 cm.; 9 by 15 1/2  in.


With Leonard Koetser, London;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 2 April 1975, lot 30;
J.M. Askew, 1976;
With The Leger Gallery, London, 1978;
From whom purchased by the present owner.


London, Leonard Koetser, Autumn Exhibition, 1964;
London, The Leger Gallery, Exhibition of Old Master Paintings, 1986.


A. Morassi, Francesco Guardi, Venice 1973, vol. I, pp. 243 and 398, cat. no. 466, vol. II, reproduced fig. 472;
L. Rossi Bortolatto, L'opera completa di Francesco Guardi, Milan 1974, pp. 101–02, cat. no. 211, reproduced.
A. Morassi, Francesco Guardi, Venice 1993, vol. I, pp. 243 and 398, cat. no. 466, vol. II, reproduced fig. 472.

Catalogue Note

This depiction of Santa Maria della Salute is typical of Guardi's maturity and is considered by Morassi to be 'di fattura accurata e di luminosa intonazione cromatica'.1 This view is one of a number of such depictions of the elegant church and of these variants the present example is closest to that in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which shows the edifice at a very similar angle and distance.2 In both works the Seminario Patriarcale and the Abbazia di San Gregorio flank the distinctive dome and scroll-shaped buttresses on the left and right respectively. The church itself, designed by Baldassare Longhena, was completed in 1687 and is considered a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Standing on the narrow Punta della Dogana, between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, Santa Maria Salute has become an emblem of Venice.

Guardi characteristically emphasises his overall impression of the scene, from the criss-cross of boats in the canal to the effects of sunlight, water and open sky, all rendered with his highly individual brushwork, light palette and playful effects of atmosphere and colour.

1. Morassi 1993, vol. I, p. 398.

2. Morassi 1993, vol I, pp. 243 and 398, vol. II, reproduced cat. no. 471.