The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Venice: the Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day
  • After Canaletto (1697 - 1768)
  • Venice: the Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day
  • Italy
  • c. 1763 - 1783
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 52.8 x 81.3 cm
    Object size: 73 x 104.5 x 7 cm
  • P513
  • West Gallery I
Further Reading
  • The Bucintoro, the Doge’s ceremonial barge, is seen in the centre of the picture setting out for the Lido, where the Doge performed the Sposalizio del Mare, the marriage of Venice with the Adriatic Sea, by casting a ring into the water. The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Venetian victory over the Dalmatians on Ascension Day 1000. The composition, which is known in many versions, is based on Brustoloni’s engraving from the series of the Solennità Dogali (cf. Studio of Canaletto P500). The Wallace Collection’s picture was thought to be by Guardi (q.v.) when bought by Sir Richard Wallace.