'' depicts the annual carnival regatta in Venice. The painting shows a one-oared light gondola race, and the tiny figures in the foreground wear the 'bauta', a costume of white mask and black cape which was typically worn during the carnival.
The arms of the Doge Alvise Pisani, who ruled from 1735-41, are visible on the 'macchina della regatta' or floating pavilion, from which coloured flags were presented to the winners.
'A Regatta on the Grand Canal' visited three regional galleries in the UK on the tour:
- Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (7 March – 3 May 2015)
- Compton Verney, Warwickshire (9 May – 21 June 2015)
- Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens (11 July – 13 September 2015)
The Masterpiece Tour is part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible. This opportunity to bring hugely popular National Gallery paintings to the public’s doorstep was made possible by the generous support of Christie’s.