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Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash
Support: Cream(3) laid paper
Sheet: 25.9 x 36.8 cm (10 3/16 x 14 1/2 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1955.164.a
This rapidly drawn pen study records the festivities in the Piazza San Marco held by the Venetian state for the visiting dignitaries from Russia, Grand Duke Paul (Pavel) Petrovitch, son of the Russian empress Catherine the Great, and his wife, Maria Feodorovna. The couple traveled incognito as the "count and countess of the North" and were celebrated throughout Europe during their extended tour. Guardi's drawing may have been made on the spot during the couple's visit to Venice and is much livelier than subsequent versions he made of the same scene.
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