GUARDI, Gianantonio
(b. 1699, Wien, d. 1760, Venezia)

The Departure of Tobias

c. 1750
Oil on canvas
Chiesa dell'Angelo Raffaele, Venice

A close examination of the details of this painting reveals the brilliancy of its handling. The artist's rapid brush-work has created three vibrant, flickering figures and bathed the scene in shimmering light. The background and setting are barely suggested by a few indefinite forms.