GUARDI, Francesco
(b. 1712, Venezia, d. 1793, Venezia)

The Lagoon with Boats, Gondolas, and Rafts

c. 1758
Oil on canvas, 33 x 54 cm
Private collection

Among his earliest Venetian views Francesco Guardi painted numerous views of the lagoon, reminiscent of the compositions of Canaletto.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 3 minutes):
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Songs without Words op. 30 No. 5 (Venetian gondola song)