The Doge Giving Thanks in the Great Council Chamber
From the series Le Feste Ducali (Venice: Ludovico Furlanetto, 1779)

Giovanni Battista Brustolon, Italian, 1712 - 1796. After a drawing by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), Italian (active Venice, Rome, and England), 1697 - 1768.

Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1765


Image: 15 7/16 x 21 13/16 inches (39.2 x 55.4 cm) Sheet: 17 3/8 x 21 15/16 inches (44.2 x 55.7 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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In 1763, the publisher Ludovico Furlanetto commissioned Canaletto to create a series of drawings showing the numerous state and religious festivals over which the Doge presided. Furlanetto later engaged the printmaker Giovanni Battista Brustolon to produce etchings after the drawings. The set commemorated the election of Alvise Giovanni Mocenigo as the new Doge. Here, Mocenigo greets and gives thanks to the Great Council of nobles in a ritual that took place after each election.