Happy Birthday Giovanni Antonio Guardi!! Italian painter also known as Gianantonio, born in 1699, Guardi was from a family of painters. His father was a Baroque painter and his younger brother, Francesco, was known perhaps better than Giovanni. He was a founder of the Academy of Painting in Venice. He had his own studio in 1730 in Venice and was known for his religious works and decorative panels for villas and palaces. The Sultan Receives a Delegation is the title of this work by Guardi dated 1742.