[The Coronation of the Doge.]Expleto a Serenissimo Duce in gestatoria sede Magnae Divi Marci platae [...] No 3
Apud Ludovicorum Furlanetto supra Pontem vulgo dictum dei Baretteri Cum Privilegio Excellentissimi Senatus [c.1766]
Engraving, platemark 450 x 570mm (17¾ x 22½"). Very large margins. Crease through centre.
The coronation of the Doge on the 'Scali dei Giganti' in the inner courtyard of the Doge's palace near Piazza San Marco in Venice. Engraved after a drawing by the city's greatest topographer, Antonio Canaletto (1697-1768). The scene may have been based on Canaletto's memories or sketches of the coronation of Alvise Giovanni Mocenigo in 1763. One of a series of twelve plates entitled 'Feste ducali' published from 1766 onwards by the Venetian publisher Lodovico Furlanetto, who had commissioned Canaletto to provide preparatory drawings illustrating the main festivities of the city. The engraver G.B. Brustolon executed the prints with great fidelity to Canaletto's designs, and it is believed that he used tracing paper to transfer the designs from Canaletto's drawings onto the metal engraving plates.
Ex Collection Duke of Westminster.
[Ref: 38496] £580.00