The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), Italian (active Venice, Rome, and England), 1697 - 1768

Geography:
Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1745

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
45 1/4 x 64 inches (114.9 x 162.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 290, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:
E1924-3-48

Credit Line:
The William L. Elkins Collection, 1924

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Label:

The Bucintoro was the ceremonial boat of the Doge, the ruler of the Venetian republic. Once a year on Ascension Day, the Doge and other officials boarded this vessel to participate in a ritual celebrating the marriage of Venice and the sea. Here, the assembled group can be seen lining the dock.

The painting is dated by the jagged edge of the bell tower, which was struck by lightning in 1745.


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