Figure Studies

Francesco Guardi Italian

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This brown and gray wash study of figures clustered alongside a colonnade may have been preliminary to one of Guardi’s paintings of ceremonies celebrating the election of a Doge. It is generally recognized that these ceremonial pictures owe inspiration to the ubiquitous prints engraved by Giambattista Brustolon after Canaletto (Feste Dogali [Ducal Ceremonies and Festival] 1766).

Figure Studies, Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice), Pen and brown ink, light and dark brown and grayish brown wash

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