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)






Oil on canvas


135.3 x 259.7 cm (53 1/4 x 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

Baroness Maddalena Lazzaroni (Paris, France)

- 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) (Cat. 4)
  • The National Gallery (London), October 13, 2010 to January 16, 2011
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), February 20 to May 30, 2011

Fiocco, Giuseppe. La Pittura veneziana del Seicento e Settecento. (Verona: 1929) pp. 49, 51; (Engl. ed., Verona, 1929), pp. 50-51.

Fiocco, Giuseppe. "La pittura veneziana alla mostra del Settecento." Rivista della Città di Venezia, vol. 8 (August-September, 1929) p. 506, repr. pp. 509.

Delogu, Giuseppe. Pittori veneti minori del Settecento. (Venice: 1930) p. 82, pl. 51.

Mauroner, Fabio. Luca Carlevaris (Padua: 1931) pp. 9, 11, 32.

Nisser, Wilhelm. "Lord Manchester's Reception at Venice." Burlington Magazine, vol. 70 (January 1937) p. 33, n. 4.

Pallucchini, Rodolfo. "Una veduta del Carlevarijs alla R. Galleria Estense." Bolletino d'Arte, vol. 5 (1937) pp. 556-57, repr. p. 559 (a detail).

Mauroner, Fabio. Luca Carlevarijs (Padua: 1945, 2nd ed.) pp. 59, 82, pls. 4, 5.

Pallucchini, Rodolfo. La pittura veneziana del Settecento (Venice and Rome: Istituto per la Collaborazione Culturale, 1960) p. 33.

Constable, William G. Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal 1697-1768 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962) vol. 1, p. 69, n. 2.

Rizzi, Aldo. Luca Carlevaris (Venice: 1967) pp. 51-52, pls. 39-40.

Levey, Michael. Painting in Eighteenth Century Venice (London: 1970) p. 78.

Levey, Michael. National Gallery Catalogues: 17th and 18th Century Italian Schools (London: 1971) p. 37, under no. 4454.

Lauritzen, Peter. Venice: A Thousand Years of Culture and Civilization (New York: 1978) pp. 189-90.

Baetjer, Katharine, and J. G. Links. Canaletto, exh. cat. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989) pp. 166, 171.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 21, ill.

Mijlieff, Ewoud. "Een voroge vedute van Luca Carlevarjis." Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum. (1997) p. 201.

Hüttinger, Eduard. Licht und Farbe. Zur Kunstgeschichte Italiens. Edited by Juerg Albrecht and Regula Krähenbühl. Zurich: Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, 2001 p. 308 and ill. no. 43 (86.PA.600).

Repetto, Mario. "Tra cronaca e storia." In Una Storia Dipinta: Venezia Città-Porto. Camillo Arcuri et al. (Genova: GGallery Editrice, 2009) p. 130, ill.

Beddington, Charles. Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, exh. cat. (London: National Gallery, with Yale University Press, 2010) pp. 60, 63, 180, no. 4, pl. 4.

Tipton, Susan. "Diplomatie und Zeremoniell in Botschafterbildern von Carlevarijs und Canaletto." RIHA Journal 8 (October 1, 2010), (accessed January 4, 2011) par. 100-102, fig. 37.

Camuffo, Dario. "La camera oscura: il nostro occhio nel passato." In Il vedutismo veneziano: una nuova visione. Atti del seminario, 27 maggio 2011, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano (Milan: Fondazione Bracco, 2012) pp. 75, 77, fig. 12a.

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