Procession of the Doge to the Bucintoro on Ascension Day, with a View of Venice, ca. 1565
Jost Amman Swiss
?After Giovanni Andrea Vavassore Italian
Publisher Johann Valentin Schallern German
Not on view
The woodcut depicts the doge in procession to the state barge (bucintoro) for the annual symbolic ceremony of Venice’s marriage with the sea. Whereas the vessel can be partly seen at right, the main subjects of the print are the setting and the elaborate procession. The carpets draped over the terrace and the turbaned figures mingling with the crowd—references to the Ottoman East—provide evidence of the city’s receptiveness to foreigners. Amman signed this work, indicating that he designed it, and the text below the image credits him with filling the piazza with a variety of figures. Yet Amman never traveled to Venice, and it is likely that the print is based on an earlier representation of the subject.
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