Looking across the basilica of San Marco, this view captures the splendour of the ceremony that takes place on the banks of the holy site. Boats carry spectators and lively gondoliers surround the gold and red boat or Bucintoro. Every year on Ascension Day, the Bucintoro is rowed into the lagoon where the Doge of Venice threw a blessed ring into the water to symbolise the marriage between Venice and the sea. A large crowd gathers along the quay as well as several spectators on the balconies of the Doge’s Palace. Canaletto depicted an enthusiastic crowd with great precision using small dots to recreate groups of people. The characteristic Venetian light illuminates the façades of the buildings and casts reflections on the water.
Project: 11. Science and culture as representation in Europe.
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Image
Format: Oil on canvas (121.9 x 182,8 cm)
Source: National Gallery of London (Londres)
Date: ca. 1740
Owner: Álvaro Romero González (Modernalia)
Copyright: National Gallery of London (Londres)
Abstract: View of St Mark's Cathedral in Venice on Ascension DayImage