Guardi, Francesco (fränchāsˈkō gwärˈdē) [key], 1712–93, Venetian landscape and architectural painter. A follower of Canaletto, he developed a freer style of great brilliance. Guardi's work ranges from elaborate architectural scenes to spontaneous and delightful capricci, both in painting and drawings. His many charming landscapes are in the galleries of London, Paris, Venice, and Boston. The Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., each have several.
See monograph by V. Moschini (tr. 1957); J. Byam Shaw, The Drawings of Francesco Guardi (1951).