[On Ascension Day the doge marries the Adriatic sea using this vessel, the bucentaur]Nel giorno dell'Ascensione il Sereniss:mo Principe si porta a spossar l'Adriatico mare conquesto aureo Naviglio detto Il Bucintoro.
Engraving with large margins, platemark 250 x 370mm (9¾ x 14½").
The bucentaur, used in Venice up until 1798 to perform the ritual 'Marriage of the Sea'. It was depicted in paintings by Canaletto and Francesco Guardi, and was such a symbol of Venetian life that Napoleon ordered its destruction in 1798 to symbolize his conquest after Ludovico Manin surrendered to him.
[Ref: 35604] £280.00