The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), Italian (active Venice, Rome, and England), 1697 - 1768

Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1745

Oil on canvas

45 1/4 × 64 inches (114.9 × 162.6 cm) Framed: 55 1/4 inches × 6 feet 2 1/2 inches × 4 1/2 inches (140.3 × 189.2 × 11.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The William L. Elkins Collection, 1924

A replica of this work is featured in Inside Out, a series of outdoor exhibitions throughout the region.


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The Bucintoro was the ceremonial boat of the Doge, the ruler of the Venetian republic. Once a year on Ascension Day, the Doge and other officials boarded this vessel to participate in a ritual celebrating the marriage of Venice and the sea. Here, the assembled group can be seen lining the dock.

The painting is dated by the jagged edge of the bell tower, which was struck by lightning in 1745.