Artist: Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice)
Date: ca. 1765–68
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 13 3/8 x 20 in. (34 x 50.8 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1996
Accession Number: 1997.117.5
While Guardi is known for his landscapes and imaginary lagoon views, he also painted a few interiors such as the main hall of the Ridotto, the public gambling house in Palazzo Dandolo at San Moisè, as it looked before the remodelling of 1768. The elegant masked figures are sketched in an exceptionally fluid and sprightly technique.