The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour: Canaletto's 'A Regatta on the Grand Canal'

Canaletto's inspiration

Canaletto painted this view of the Grand Canal numerous times, with or without a regatta. He may have been inspired by Luca Carlevaris’s (1663–1730) painting (fig. 7) produced in 1709 on the occasion of King Frederick IV of Denmark’s visit to Venice when a special regatta was organised in his honour.

Luca Carlevaris, ‘Regatta on the Grand Canal in Honour of Frederick IV of Denmark’, 1709 © Nationalhistoriske Museum, Frederiksberg, Denmark / Bridgeman Images
7. Luca Carlevaris, ‘Regatta on the Grand Canal in Honour of Frederick IV of Denmark’, 1709. Oil on canvas, 135 x 260 cm.
© Nationalhistoriske Museum, Frederiksberg, Denmark / Bridgeman Images

 

Carlevaris’s popular painting was reproduced in print (fig. 8), which is probably how Canaletto became familiar with it.

Giuseppe Baroni, after Luca Carlevaris, ‘The Grand Regatta of Venice in 1709’, about 1710
8. Giuseppe Baroni, after Luca Carlevaris, ‘The Grand Regatta of Venice in 1709’, about 1710. Engraving. Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
© photo Scala, Florence/bpk, Bildagentur für Kunst,
Kultur und Geschichte, Berlin, Jörg P. Anders
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