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The Bucintoro Departing from the Bacino di San Marco

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The Bucintoro Departing from the Bacino di San Marco


Luca Carlevarijs (Italian, 1663 - 1730)




Venice, Italy (Place Depicted)




Oil on canvas

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134.8 × 259.4 cm (53 1/16 × 102 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

The Grand Canal is filled with a colorful array of boats getting ready to make their way out to sea. This is Ascension Day, when Venice celebrates her authority over the sea by conducting a symbolic marriage ceremony with the Adriatic Sea. In front of the Doge's palace, the Doge boards the magnificent two-storied Boat of the State called the Bucintoro, which will head a procession of other boats out to the Porto del Lido. On arrival, the Patriarch of Venice will bless the sea with holy water and the Doge will throw out a ring from a little door in the prow, saying, "In sign of eternal domination, we, the Doge of Venice, marry you, oh sea."

Luca Carlevarijs carefully delineated the piazza San Marco, framed by the library, the campanile, the basilica, and most prominently, the Doge's palace. Carlevarijs founded the tradition of vedute, or view painting, that flourished in Venice 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)

1986 - 1986

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
The Glory of Venice (September 15, 1994 to July 30, 1995)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), September 15 to December 14, 1994
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), January 29 to April 23, 1995
  • Museo del Settecento Veneziano di Ca' Rezzonico (Venice), May 25 to July 30, 1995
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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