Capriccio View with triumphal Arch and Fountain
Michele Marieschi (1710-1743)

Capriccio View with triumphal Arch and Fountain, 1740-1741

One of a pair., H. 0.61 m; W. 0.99 m

Provenance: Private collection, Italy.

Born in Venice in 1710, Michele Marieschi probably received his first artistic training from Gaspare Diziani. Like many other Venitian painters of his time, Marieschi began his career as a scene painter. After having worked at the court of Saxony for a time, he returned to Venice around 1731. There he began to paint the luminous visions of Venice and the capricci for which he remains famous. He was mainly influenced by Antonio Canaletto and Marco Ricci.

In 1741, Marieschi published a series of 21 etchings after his views of Venice entitled Magnificentiores Selectioresque Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus. Michele Marieschi died at the age of 33. He was the most romantic of the eighteenth century Venetian view painters, and his capriccios have almost certainly influenced Francesco Guardi.