Return of 'Il Bucintoro' on Ascension Day

Room 30
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto)
Venice, 1697-1768
Social tags: 
  • dock
  • pirates
  • boat
  • Bucintoro
  • Palazzo Ducale
  • campanile
  • Adriatic sea

The scene illustrates the atmosphere that filled the San Marco dock on Ascension Day, at the celebrations of Venice's victory over Dalmatian pirates in 998. In memory of the event, the Republic dressed in all its finery to celebrate its 'Marriage of the Adriatic'. To symbolise the bond, the Doge boarded his official boat, the 'Bucintoro', and sailed out of the lagoon into the open sea, where he threw a ring into the water. As a host of people and boats welcome the returning galley on the quay, we can see a view of the city, with the Palazzo Ducale, the 'campanile', the Libreria Marciana, as far as the Punta della Dogana and the church of Santa Maria de la Salute.



59.5 x 93.8 cm

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, long-term loan to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, 2004

Inventory number: 


Oil on canvas
Century: 18th
Subject: Landscape
Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto) - Retorn «d'Il Bucintoro» el dia de l'Ascensió - 1745-1750
Retorn «d'Il Bucintoro» el dia de l'Ascensió