Reception of the French ambassador to Venice, Antonio Canal (Canaletto)
- Posted by Antonio Canaletto
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: 1726-1727
Overview of the painting :
Reception of the French ambassador to Venice – Antonio Canal (Canaletto). 1726-1727. Oil on canvas. 181×259.5
Antonio Canal is an Italian painter, one of the greatest master-widouists who portrayed everyday city landscapes. He worked in Venice, Rome, and London, where he was elected a member of the Royal Academy.
The picture presented captures the official reception of the French ambassador Jacques-Winsen Lange, Count de Gergie on November 4, 1726. The program of such ceremonies was carefully thought out and developed. The ambassador was taken to one of the islands, from where he seemed to re-arrive to the city on luxurious gondolas. Together with the retinue, he was brought to the Doge Palace, the center of state life of the republic, where an official meeting took place.
Venice and its unique architecture are a kind of decoration for this theatrical action. The Canaletto pedanticly recorded all the details of the historical event, among its participants the Venetians in black and white masks, triangular hats, lush and colorful dressed French guests are easily recognized. The works of Canaletto are distinguished by topographic accuracy, combined with the bright decorativeness of color, to which it conveys a colorful and festive Venetian atmosphere.