The Meeting of Pope Pius VI and Doge Paolo Renier at San Giorgio in Alga
Francesco Guardi, Italian (active Venice), 1712 - 1793
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When Pope Pius VI visited Venice in 1782, the Venetian republic commissioned Francesco Guardi to paint a series of scenes depicting the papal ceremonies. The artist later made smaller-scale replicas, including this work that shows the ruler, or doge, of Venice and a throng of colorful boaters greeting the pope on his arrival.
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