Six centuries of artistic creation
William James takes up a composition by Canaletto (1697-1768), which represents one of the important moments of the feasts of Venice, the symbolic celebration of Venice's union with the sea on Ascension Day. In a sumptuous boat, the Bucentauro, the Doge traveled to the Lido where he would throw a ring to the water, symbolizing the connection of Venice with the Adriatic Sea. William James, a pupil of Canaletto in the years when he traveled to London, between 1746 and 1756, began the Venetian themes, which he made solely from drawings and paintings, never having traveled to Venice. His works picture the domain of perspective, the rigor in the details of architecture, the sensitivity to the color palette and the execution of the changing shades of the blues and whites of the sky. It is a period when the Venetian Vedute of Guardi and Canaletto are much appreciated and desired by collectors, leading other painters to create compositions inspired by these works.
| Oil on cnavas, 95 x 153 cm
| BRAGA. Biscainhos Museum