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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Canaletto, a talented Italian painter, designed Return of the Bucentoro to the Molo on Ascension Day. The painting is a spectacular piece depicting the beautiful view of the famous Grand Canal based in Venice.

Canaletto uses his talent to appreciate Venetian culture and beauty. The painting theme is based on the Molo on Ascension celebrated by the people of Venice. This piece is currently exhibited at the Windsor Royal collection; it shows the buildings around the Grand Canal as well as boats, people, and market stalls. Canaletto painted this intriguing piece in 1732 to represent the day when the doge left the Molo to perform the symbolic wedding of Venice. The ceremony was to the sea and involved casting a gold ring to the water. Return of the Bucentoro to the Molo on Ascension Day painting measures 58.3 by 101.8 cm but captures all significance of the ceremony. Canaletto uses oil on canvas techniques to represent his idea and bring out the culture of the people of Venice who, at the time, used the sea for various activities.

There are market stalls represented in the Piazzetta as well as the barge on its return to Venice. He used the camera obscura technique; therefore, his paintings are very accurate and can be used as scientific evidence. Moreover, all painting publications are in a fixed sequence. Canaletto used oil on Canvas for flexibility and guarantee in the depth of the color. This painting, therefore, is conspicuous, giving a clear view of the Grand Canal, the boats, and the seawater. He used thick paint for the ships and seawater. Canaletto has depicted various ceremonies in Venice and other areas expressing his talent in art. They include A Regatta on the Grand Canal, the Stonemason's Yard, and Venice: Entrance to the Cannaregio and Venice: The Feast of Saint Roch.

Canaletto was inspired by a talented Roman painter known as Giovanni Paolo Pannini and started painting and keeping records of the daily life of the city and the people around him. His work inspires people across the globe since it based on facts. Return of the Bucentoro to the Molo on Ascension Day is a spectacular painting which can be used as scientific evidence. It captures in detail the Grand Canal based in Venice and tries to bring out the culture of the people in that era.