The Ridotto during Carnival (Gaming-House in Venice)

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The Ridotto (a retreat or private room) was a wing in the Palazzo Dandolo, San Moisè, Venice, which was was converted at the behest of the city leaders into a government-owned gambling house in 1638. It was the site of Europe's first public, legal, mercantile casino but players were supposed to wear three-cornered hats and masks in order to participate.

A reform proposed in 1774 was passed with an overwhelming majority and the casino was closed.

National Trust, Westwood Manor



The Ridotto during Carnival (Gaming-House in Venice)




oil on canvas


H 78.5 x W 114.5 cm

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bequeathed by Edgar Graham Lister, 1956

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