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Regatta on the Grand Canal in Honor of Frederick IV, King of Denmark

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Regatta on the Grand Canal in Honor of Frederick IV, King of Denmark


Luca Carlevarijs (Italian, 1663 - 1730)




Venice, Italy (Place Depicted)




Oil on canvas

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135.3 × 259.7 cm (53 1/4 × 102 1/4 in.)

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A variety of brightly colored boats line the Grand Canal to participate in a regatta or boat race held in honor of the visiting King of Denmark, Frederick IV. In the middle boat, liverymen in red and gold uniforms row the king, dressed in red, toward his waiting hosts at the Palazzo Foscari, seen on the left. They will pass a huge green parade float, decorated with royal, Venetian, and aquatic symbols, that marks the end of the race. At the foot of the float are four different colored flags; whoever grabs the red flag first is the winning boatman.

The view towards the Rialto bridge, seen in the far distance, shows in great detail the facades of buildings alongside the canal, with spectators filling the balconies. Luca Carlevarijs painted many vedute, views of Venice that were popular souvenirs with diplomatic visitors and wealthy foreigners making the Grand Tour of Italy in the 1700s.

by 1922 - 1934

Baron Michele Lazzaroni, 1863 - 1934 (Paris, France; Rome, Italy), by inheritance to Edgardo Lazzaroni, 1934.

1934 - still in 1940

Baron Edgardo Lazzaroni (Rome, Italy), by inheritance to Maddalena Lazzaroni.

- still in 1967
- 1986

Gina Lollabrigida, born 1927 (Rome, Italy)


Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Mostra della pittura italiana del Seicento e del Settecento (1922)
  • Palazzo Pitti (Florence), 1922
Il Settecento italiano (1929)
  • Unknown, 1929
Le Feste e le maschere veneziane (May 6 to October 31, 1937)
  • Museo del Settecento Veneziano di Ca' Rezzonico (Venice), May 6 to October 31, 1937
Mostra del Paesaggio Veneziano del Settecento (1940)
  • Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne (Rome), 1940
Venetian Eighteenth-Century Painting (June 5 to July 19, 1985)
  • Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London), June 5 to July 19, 1985
Luca CarlevarIjs: Views of Venice (April 27 to August 31, 2001)
  • Timken Museum of Art (San Diego), April 27 to August 31, 2001
Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals (October 13, 2010 to May 30, 2011)
  • The National Gallery (London), October 13, 2010 to January 16, 2011
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), February 20 to May 30, 2011
Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe (May 9, 2017 to May 20, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 9 to July 30, 2017
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis), September 10 to December 31, 2017
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), February 25 to May 20, 2018

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