Like Canaletto, Guardi was a painter of vedute or views of his native Venice. He was particularly drawn to festive and ceremonial subjects, such as this procession of gondolas, which may be part of the entourage of the annual celebration of Venice's "Marriage to the Sea." In the background,...
Like Canaletto, Guardi was a painter of vedute or views of his native Venice. He was particularly drawn to festive and ceremonial subjects, such as this procession of gondolas, which may be part of the entourage of the annual celebration of Venice's "Marriage to the Sea." In the background, warships hail the returning boats with cannon salutes. On the left is the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, which also appears in Canaletto's Bacino di San Marco, Venice. Compared to the precise handling of Canaletto's painting, Guardi's is freer and more atmospheric, with lively brushwork, less detail, and a greater contrast of light and shadow.
Captain Harvey (possibly John Edmund Audley Harvey, b. 1851 - d. 1937, Ickwell Bury, Bedfordshire, England) [see note 1]. With Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, London [see note 2]. July 11, 1907, sold by Calouste Gulbenkian (b. 1869 - d. 1955) to Thomas Agnew and Sons, London (stock no. 2314); July 7, 1909, sold by Agnew to Michele Lazzaroni, Paris [see note 3]. 1911, Trotti et Companie, Paris; 1911, sold by Trotti to Jules Guiffrey for the MFA for 135, 000 fr. (Accession Date: July 6, 1911) NOTES:  When the painting was sold to the MFA by Trotti in 1911, the receipt noted that it had come from the collection of "Capt. Harvey, London." Captain John Edmund Audley Harvey, an art collector, lived at Ickwell Bury and owned "two fine works by Guardi" (see John Murray, Handbook for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Huntingdonshire, London, 1895, p. 206). In 1936, Trotti reported that they had handled a second Guardi from the Harvey collection, in 1909. This painting (now Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst, KMS3630), while considered a pendant to the MFA work, was not sold with it, either to Agnew or to Trotti.  According to notes in the MFA curatorial file.  Getty Research Institute, Records of Thos. Agnew and Sons Ltd., 1852-1938, microfiche no. 29.