Century Venetian Drawings from the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and an exceptional loan of a Capriccio

Century Venetian Drawings from the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and an exceptional loan of a Capriccio

During the Palazzo Cini Gallery’s loan of the Portrait of Two Friends by Pontormo for anexhibition on 16th century Florentine portraiture at the Musée Jacquemart André, Paris, (Florence. Portraits à la cour des Médicis, 11 September 2015 25January 2016), the French museum has sent in exchange one of the

masterpieces from its historic art collection: a marvellous gouache bythe Venetian vedutista Francesco Guardi, depicting a striking architecturalcapriccio (c. 1760).

Heavily permeated by fluid paint, which the medium of gouacheheightens in an opalescent rendering, the work is a vibrant deep viewof a corner in the cityscape of a melancholic Venice, reinvented in thelight of a sensibility which many describe as pre Romantic.

The viewis of a campiello, surrounded by dilapidated palazzi with, in the leftbackground, a monastery crowned by a typically Venetian dome. thescene is framed by a portico bristling with vegetation whose overlargesize emphasises the vertiginous diagonal perspective view. Sparklingbrushstrokes outline gures animating the space, while twirls andtouches of white, greens and browns create a dynamic chiaroscuro

texture typical of the artist’s tremulous, refracted style.

We Scarpe Australiane UGG find the same characteristic style and poetics in a later pen andwash architectural capriccio on paper, very similar in Scarpe UGG Sito Ufficiale terms of thecomposition Stivali UGG Ebay and the rendering of light and shade.

This drawing ispreserved in the graphic art collections of the Fondazione Cini, havingcome from the Giuseppe Fiocco collection. The major French loanthus becomes a fascinating opportunity to compare the two works in the refurbished spaceon the second oor of the gallery. At the same time a rich selection of 18th century Venetiandrawings from the Foundation’s Drawings and Prints Cabinet will also be on show. .