The works of Francesco Guardi (1712 -1793) are one of the most sought after old master paintings, included in royal collections since the 18th century. Guardi and his brothers had a unique style that has been copied for centuries. This painting is a circa mid 20th century oil on canvas in the Guardi style, probably created for the tourist trade in Venice. A placard at bottom seems to suggest it is the work of an "S. Clemente G. de Cal", but I do not believe an artist by this name is recognized. The work measures 12" by 16" and 18" by 22" in the frame with cream linen liner. A cleaning would reveal blues and whites. A two inch piece of the vertical portion of the frame at left has broken away but I have retained it and it could be easily re-glued. The painting has nice detail and would fit nicely in a traditional interior. W.
Painting of Venice scene in style of old master Francesco Guardi