The Island of San Michele, Venice

Francesco Guardi Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 644

Guardi’s views of Venice differ from those of Canaletto in that they are less detailed descriptions of individual buildings than attempts to convey the magic of the city, enveloped—as here—in a diaphanous, silvery light. This painting shows the cemetery island of San Michele with its early Renaissance church, designed by Mauro Codussi in 1469, at center. Flanking the church are the domed Cappella Emiliani and the Gothic bell tower on one side and the (former) Camaldolensian monastery on the other.

The Island of San Michele, Venice, Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice), Oil on canvas

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