The Doge Attends the Giovedi Grasso Festival in the Piazzetta

Giovanni Battista Brustolon - engraver, Antonio Canaletto - inventor

Giovanni Battista Brustolon - engraver, Antonio Canaletto - inventor - The Doge Attends the Giovedi Grasso Festival in the Piazzetta
This print depicts the Shrovetide festivities held regularly on Fat Thursday on the Piazza San Marco. The centre of the scene features a papier-maché structure, on which fireworks were set off at the end of the festivity. In the foreground, a group of artistes are building „a human pyramid“. One of the greatest attractions of these festivities was the „Flight of the Turk“ (Volo del Turco), where an acrobat descended on a rope from the Campanile tower and then handed the doge a bouquet of flowers and laudatory poems.
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measurements: height 524 mm
width 694 mm
material: paper
technique: engraving and etching
inventory number: R 185505
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings
licence: Creative Commons License public domain