The regatta was an annual carnival event in Venice from the 14th century onwards, and continues to this day. While regattas were sometimes held in honour of distinguished visitors, the regatta in the painting appears to be the annual carnival event. The pavilion at the left is a temporary structure from which the prizes were presented. It bears the arms of the Doge Alvise Pisani, who ruled from 1735 to 1741.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1697 - 1768
Full title
Venice: A Regatta on the Grand Canal
Date made
about 1735
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
117.2 x 186.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG938
Location in Gallery