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Regatta in "Volta di Canal"

Francesco Guardi, Italian (active Venice), 1712 - 1793

Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1760-1770

Oil on canvas

47 5/16 × 66 1/2 inches (120.2 × 168.9 cm) Framed: 55 5/8 inches × 6 feet 2 3/4 inches × 3 1/4 inches (141.3 × 189.9 × 8.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 307

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This painting depicts a regatta that was held in 1740 in honor of a Polish prince. Special floats were built by Venetian noblemen to display their wealth and status. The English author Mary Montagu marveled, "there was enough of them to look like a little fleet." Guardi actually painted this picture many years after the event, basing his composition on a print made at the time of the regatta by the artist Michele Marieschi.