The Villa Loredan, near Treviso

Francesco Guardi Italian

Not on view

This large and exceptionally luminous view of a villa in the Veneto was used by Francesco Guardi in a painting of approximately the same dimensions, now in a private collection. A fairly exact copy after this painting, drawn by Francesco himself or by his son Giacomo, is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (WA1950.168). This copy bears an annotation that identifies the now-destroyed villa: "View of the Seat of S. E. Loredano at Paese near Treviso at present in the possession of John Strange Esq.r. N. B. grass ground within the Fence, without the post road from Treviso to Bassan". John Strange (1732-1799), a patron of the artist, was British Resident in Venice from November 1773 to 1790.

Francesco made several drawings at the Villa Loredan. A smaller sketch of the entrance gate and façade is in the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (inv. 57.250). A view from the front windows of the villa is in the Fodor Museum, Amsterdam (repr. by Morassi 1975, no. 425), and a view from the back windows is in the Ashmolean Museum (WA1937.187). Byam Shaw has suggested that the Met’s drawing probably dates from 1778, when the painter undertook a journey from Venice to a family property in the Val di Sole. (F.R.)

The Villa Loredan, near Treviso, Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, touches of white gouache, over black chalk

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