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Allegory of Hope

Allegory of Hope

Artist: Francesco Guardi (Italian, 1712 – 1793)

Date: 1747
Medium: Oil on wood
Image: 63 1/2 x 30 3/4 in. (161.3 x 78.1 cm)
Frame: 70 3/8 x 37 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (178.8 x 94.6 x 8.9 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN189
On View: Art Museum Gallery 18
About this ObjectBorn into a family of artists, the Venetian painter Francesco Guardi became famous in the 1760s for his depictions of his native city (known as vedute). This and another allegorical scene, Abudance, date from an earlier phase in his career, and probably formed part of a piece of furniture made for a Venetian palazzo. The free handling of paint, densely applied in some areas, is a hallmark of Francesco’s style.
(By 1911, Eugene Glaenzer & Co., New York); Mrs. Collis P. (Arabella) Huntington (1850–1924), New York; by inheritance to her son, Archer M. Huntington (1870–1955), New York; (sold Anderson Galleries, New York, 15 April 1926, lots 79 and 78, for $850 each, to H. Symans); (Julius Böhler, Munich); purchased in 1927 by John Ringling (1866–1936), Sarasota, Florida; bequest in 1936 to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida.
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