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Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

A Regatta on the Grand Canal c.1733-4

Oil on canvas | 77.1 x 125.7 cm | RCIN 404416

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The Regatta was held annually on 2 February, and a race of single-oared light gondolas is underway. Spectators cheer them on, many in elaborately decorated bissone, the eight-oared barges belonging to prominent Venetian families. On the left is the macchina della regatta, a temporary floating pavilion, which marks the finishing line.