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The Bucintoro Returning to the Molo on Ascension Day after the Ceremony of Wedding the Adriatic, Venice, Italy

Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

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The Bucintoro, the State Barge, is depicted returning to the quayside in front of the Doge's Palace, Venice. On board are the Doge and members of the Senate returning from the ceremony of the Sposalizio del Mare (the marriage of the Venetian Republic to the Adriatic Sea). Various ambassadorial gondolas are in attendance. The gondola in the foreground carries the French Royal arms. This may suggest that the painting was commissioned by the French Ambassador to Venice, Jacques-Vincent Languet, Comte de Gergy (1667–1734).

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle




oil on canvas


H 156.3 x W 237.5 cm

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purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the National Art Collections Fund, the Friends of the Bowes Museum and Durham County Council, 1982

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