A Regatta on the Grand Canal

This work depicts the annual carnival regatta in Venice. Some of the figures in the foreground wear the 'bauta', a costume of white mask and black cape which was typically worn during the carnival. The painting shows the one-oared light gondola race. The arms of the Doge Alvise Pisani, who ruled from 1735-41, are visible on the 'macchina della regatta' or floating pavilion on the left, from which coloured flags were presented to the winners. This painting is a companion piece to Canaletto's 'Venice: The Basin of San Marco on Ascension Day' of the same date.

Key facts

Artist dates
1697 - 1768
Full title
A Regatta on the Grand Canal
Date made
about 1740
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
122.1 x 182.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lord Revelstoke, 1929
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Venetian Ceremonial Scenes