Temporary export bar placed on Guardi painting

The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi is Francesco Guardi’s masterpiece.

It’s believed to have been commissioned in 1768 and is considered of great importance to the study of Britain’s relationship with Venice.

Born in 1712, Italian painter Francesco Guardi was one of the great Venetian view painters of the 18th century. His work has inspired generations of artists, including Turner.

The painting is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the £26,796,000 asking price. Arts Minister John Glen has placed a temporary export bar on the painting to help keep it in the UK and be appreciated for future generations.

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