Sotheby’s London to Sell One of the Greatest Venetian View Paintings Ever Executed

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LONDON.- On July 6, 2011, Sotheby’s London will sell one of the greatest masterpieces of Venetian view painting ever executed. Estimated in the region of £20 million* (US$30 million), Francesco Guardi’s Venice, a view of the Rialto Bridge, Looking North, from the Fondamenta del Carbon is monumental in scale. Measuring 115 by 199.5cm (45¼ by 78½ in.), it is one of four works that Guardi painted on this grand scale, all executed at around the same time in the late 1760s, which together constitute the pinnacle of Guardi’s output as a painter of vedute and which are generally considered to be Guardi’s greatest works – the first and fullest expression of the artist’s mature style. While one of the four paintings on this scale was destroyed in a fire in the mid-20th century, this painting and its pendant have remained together until very recently. The last in the group1 was sold by Sotheby’s in 19