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Reception of Foreign Ambassadors in the Doge's Palace, Venice
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Reception of Foreign Ambassadors in the Doge's Palace, Venice


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Description Much of the stately ritual and pomp so central to public life in Venice took place against the backdrop of the palace of the doge, the elected, chief magistrate of the Venetian Republic. Here, he receives ambassadors in the Sala del Collegio, a luxurious salon with splendid 16th-century paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto. Canaletto was the most important townscape painter of the 18th century, but he rarely painted interiors. This view is based on one of his 12 compositions drawn for an engraved series on the ceremonies associated with Doge Alvise Mocenigo IV, elected in 1763. Francesco Guardi painted a series based on these compositions, and there are additional paintings by other unidentified hands of individual views. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 447, pp. 556-558.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
6/07/1938Treatmentcoated; filled; inpainted; reconstructed; varnish removed or reduced
Exhibitions
  • Tiepolo Unveiled: The Restoration of a Masterpiece. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
Provenance Rozi Parczewskiej, 1855 (?) [mode of acquisition unknown] [name and date written on reverse]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1922 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] In ink on reverse: Rozi Parczewskiej 1855
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1922

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Period
ca. 1765-1780 (Baroque)
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.460
Measurements
Painted surface H: 16 3/4 x W: 28 1/8 in. (42.6 x 71.5 cm)
Geographies
  • Italy, Venice (Place of Origin)
  • Italy, Venice, Sala del Collegio of the Ducal Palace (Place Depicted)

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