The Ridotto Pubblico at Palazzo Dandolo

Francesco Guardi Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 644

One of Guardi’s rare interior views, this painting depicts the main hall of the Ridotto, a public gaming house. Tattered wall hangings and off‑kilter paintings capture the room’s atmosphere just prior to remodeling in 1768. Guardi populates this simple, stagelike space with elegant masked figures sketched with a fluid, sprightly touch. He paired this image with one of the Sala del Maggior Consiglio, also in The Met collection.

The Ridotto Pubblico at Palazzo Dandolo, Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice), Oil on canvas

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