Guardi Francesco (?) ,
Flowers, eggs, and two birds

Guardi Francesco (?) ,
Flowers, eggs, and two birds

Guardi Francesco (?), Flowers, eggs, and two birds
Oil on canvas, 88×81 cm + frame 7 cm, Inv. n. 1097

In the centre of the work is a vase of flowers, in the lower part a tray with grapes and figs, while to the sides there are two birds, at least one of which has a parrot’s beak. The flowers in the vase are mostly roses and tulips. Some, as often happens in paintings of flowers, are wilted, symbolising the frailty of life.

The work entered the Pinacoteca with the Pozzi donation in 1936.

There are many testimonies of a diffuse floral decoration in the eighteenth-century Venetian setting, of which the painting in the Pinacoteca is certainly an excellent example, so that we can hypothesise a production carried out by more than one artist and according to characteristics that changed over time. A grainy pigment, the composition complete with all the sketches drawn in the various paintings, a balance of colour and tones intensified by lighting effects that manifest a creative energy of quasi-impressionistic imprinting make this work one of the most beautiful floral decorations attributable to the school of Francesco Guardi.

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