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.
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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.