(b. 1712, Venezia, d. 1793, Venezia)
The Parlor of the Nuns at San Zaccaria1745-50
Oil on canvas, 108 x 208 cm
Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice
Guardi started with figure painting, went on to religious subjects, and was attracted by the complicity and Casanova-like atmosphere of Venetian interiors before taking up veduta painting in the wake of, and attracted by the success of, Canaletto. The Parlor of the Nuns at San Zaccaria, and the Ridotto (both in Ca' Rezzonico) are the best examples of his interiors.
In the Parlor of the Nuns at San Zaccaria, Guardi quite openly portrays the courteous coquettishness and lack of austerity that had spilled over into some areas of religious life.