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    Sale 1980

    Christie's Interiors

    2 - 3 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 72

    Manner of Francesco Guardi

    Ascension Day at the Molo, from the Bacino di San Marco

    Price Realised  

    Manner of Francesco Guardi
    Ascension Day at the Molo, from the Bacino di San Marco
    oil on canvas
    45 5/8 x 70 7/8 in. (115.9 x 180 cm.)


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    In Venice, Ascension Day is marked by a ceremony called the Wedding of the Sea, during which the Doge and his official procession drop a golden ring into the sea from the state barge, the Bucintoro. This festive event was a favourite of Venetian view painters such as Guardi, Canaletto, and Marieschi.

    The present composition was painted many times by Francesco Guardi and is closest to a version in the Eliott-Cohen Collection, Newbury (A. Morassi, Antonio e Francesco Guardi, Venice, 1973, cat. no. 281, illustrated no. 312).

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