View of the Rialto, Venice, from the Grand Canal Looking North
c. 1782
Francesco Guardi (Italian, 1712-1793)
On View

Francesco Guardi’s view of the Rialto bridge in Venice depicts the bustling atmosphere of the city’s main waterway. As the only bridge to span the Grand Canal, the Rialto was a busy intersection for merchant ships, gondolas and pedestrians. Guardi approaches the scene from a high vantage point, organizing the painting into three distinct levels of open sky, stone architecture and glistening water. Astutely observant, he translates seemingly minute details into meticulous brushstrokes of paint. From the rhythm of the billowing sails to the rippling reflections in the water, Guardi’s painting vividly captures the lively spirit of the famed floating city.


  • Artist Name: Francesco Guardi (Italian, 1712-1793)
  • Title: View of the Rialto, Venice, from the Grand Canal Looking North
  • Date: c. 1782
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 17 x 24-3/4 in. (43.2 x 62.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
  • Accession Number: M.1966.10.05.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

J. T. Payne (sale, London, Christie’s, 1879).
[Martin Colnaghi, Guardi Gallery, Haymarket, London].
Arthur Pemberton Heywood-Lonsdale, by descent to his great-grandson;
Timothy Heywood-Lonsdale (sale, London, Christie’s, 4 December 1964, lot 71, to);
[Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London, stock 25561, sold 1964 to];
Norton Simon Collection, Los Angeles;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

Winter Exhibition

  • Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain), 1910 to

[on loan]

  • Shrewsbury, 1951 to

[on loan]

  • Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, 1959 to 1964

Reinstallation of Galleries: Art History of the 17th and 18th Century Gains Fresh Dimension

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-09-02 to 1995-08-13

[on loan]

  • Hunt Branch Library, Fullerton, 1969-02-18 to

[on loan]

  • Detroit Institute of Arts, 1974-11-10 to

[on loan]

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1970-01-28 to

[on loan]

  • Fullerton Library, 1967-10-20 to 1969-04-27

Selections from the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art

  • Princeton University Art Museum, 1972-12-03 to 1974-07-17
  • Steadman, David, Art Journal, fig. 8 p. 37
  • Morassi, Antonio, Antonio e Francesco Guardi, 1973, no. 539 p. 410
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 99
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 257 p. 276
  • Renato Miracco, Italian Treasures in the U.S. An Itinerary of Art, 2014, p. #43
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Additional Artwork by Artist

A Venetian Capriccio Francesco Guardi c. 1775
View of the Church of Santa Maria della Salute with the Dogana del Mare Francesco Guardi c. 1770-80

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