John Singer Sargent -- American painter
Oil on canvas
50.2 x 69.2 cm (19 3/4 x 27 1/4 in.)
This is of the Sala del Maggiore
Consiglio -- a huge room measuring some 50 meters long (164 feet)
located in the Palazzo Ducale. It was in this room that they would elect
the Doge and its government by the Maggior Consiglio.
In 1574 the French King Henri III (r. 1574 - 1589) visited, and a banquet was held in this room with some 3,000 guests present.
In 1577, the room was destroyed by fire but rebuilt with even more luxury then before, including a gilded ceiling which we see in Sargent's painting -- In fact the ceiling is a prominent feature in the composition. The room was decorated by the greatest artists of the time such as Palma, Tintoretto, Veronese, and Bassano.
Sargent has set his easel to face east and we can see, somewhat, Tintoretto's Paradise along the far wall -- a massive painting measuring 22 x 7 meters. In fact this is the largest surviving painting of that time period -- anywhere.
The oval ceiling painting (located center) is by Paolo Veronese called "Triumph of Venice" and proclaimed the greatness of this island nation.
By: Natasha Wallace
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