This attractive view, possibly from life, is enclosed by the archway of the Torre dell'Orologio, looking towards St. Mark, the Ducal Palace, and the Piazzetta, with in the distance the church of St. Giorgio Maggiore. It appears, that although Guardi did a number of paintings from the opposite side, therefore from the Piazzetta looking towards the Torre dell'Orologio, he has never painted this absolutely fascinating view. This appears also to be the only known drawing of the subject. Stylistically recto
seem to be late drawings by the artist. A similar view to the recto
of the present sheet, although with the archway exactly framing the view towards St. Mark, was painted by Canaletto and this painting is now in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.1
a quick sketch, executed solely in pen and ink,
does not relate to any known paintings or drawings, and the mountainous view, with a lake is not identifiable .
1. Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, inv. no II.193; W. G. Constable and J.G. Links, Canaletto, 2nd. ed. Oxford 1976, vol. II, p. 206, no 47, reproduced vol. I, pl. 19