A Caprice with a Ruined Arch

Oil on wood | 20.1 x 15.5cm | c. 1775

Francesco Guardi

Small figures - traders returning home from market or a fishing trip - animate this little scene, but also serve as a measure of scale, alerting us to the size of the ruins. This is an imaginary scene known as a capriccio, but Guardi took inspiration...
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