The Christie’s catalogue author for the sale lauds Guardi’s sumptuous and sensual vision of Venice that comes to us through his paintings. He then compares and contrasts Guardi’s essentially romantic paintings with both Canaletto’s precise architectural presentations of the buildings of Venice, and Tiepolo’s witty representations of its people of every social class.
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As the catalogue’s author instead puts it, it is “in Guardi’s paintings that we feel the heavy air and velvety atmosphere of the city, marvel at its shimmering blue skies and waters, flecked with sunlight splashing around its gondolas, admire the epic lagoon vistas and tiny, picturesque alleyways that are the subjects of his finest canvases. It is Guardi’s views, above all others, that sparkle with the vivid, vital, transitory life of the city in a way that both his contemporaries and posterity recognise as authentic.”