The Ridotto Pubblico at Palazzo Dandolo

Francesco Guardi Italian

Not on view

Known for landscapes and imaginary city views, Guardi also painted a few interiors including this image of the main hall of the Ridotto, a public gaming house. Tattered wall hangings and off‑kilter paintings capture this 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. Guardi’s pendant depicting the Sala del Maggior Consiglio is also in The Met’s collection.

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

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