Gate to the Arsenal in Venice

1564, Artist: Francesco Guardi



Gate to the Arsenal in Venice

After the death of Canaletto (1768), Guardi became the leading painter in Venice of vedute or cityscapes. Unlike his older fellow painter, Guardi dispensed with pedantic representation of perspective and precise details. His concern was rather for employing the loosely dabbed brush to create merging effects of light, air and movement in depicting the city of Venice. His cityscapes combine colourfulness and rococo atmosphere with something approaching an impressionistic mode of seeing and painting. Guardi was criticised by his peers for this novelty.

Currently not displayed.

Object data

Object Name



Italian, Venetian




Francesco Guardi (1712 - 1793 Venedig) - GND




Overall: 29,5 cm × 45 cm
Framed: 56 cm × 71,5 cm × 8 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 6234


1912 Purchased from the art dealer Miethke, Vienna;

Kunst & Patenschaft

This object is still without a Art Patron. Accept the patronage and make sure that this cultural treasure is preserved for future generations.
Your donation is a direct and sustainable contribution to the scientific documentation, research, restoration, and presentation of the artworks of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Become an art patron