A Venetian water fete (Rotta)

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Venetian water fete
Italian: Una festa veneziana sull'acqua, French: Une fête de l'eau vénitienne
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ArtistAntonio Rotta
Year1863
TypeOil on canvas
Dimensions440 cm × 270 cm (172 in × 106 in)
LocationLondon

A Venetian water fete (also known as Una festa Veneziana sull'acqua or Un baccanale di Venezia) is a 19th-century painted in oil on canvas made by Antonio Rotta, in 1863, in Venice, Italy. The artwork measures centimeters 172 x 106 (41.7 x 67.7 in.).[1][2]


Antonio Rotta's work "A Venetian water fete" was auctioned in 2001 at Sotheby's in London and acquired by an English collector for € 158.000 plus auction fees.[3]

Antonio Rotta is one of the most famous painters in the Italian history of genre painting, compared to a poet of the Venetian ballads, he describes the everyday life and feelings of the Venice at this epoque.

Rotta has created 3 other similar works that make up a cycle of boat parties in Venice and recall the still current existence of the Redentore feast.

Description[change | change source]

The art work describes the typical Venetian festival, probably during the Feast of the Redeemer, with two boats side by side and musicians in the Venice lagoon in Italy.

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Bibligoraphy[change | change source]

  • Fremont Rider, Rider's California, A Guide-book for Travelers, 1927, Pubblisher Frederic Taber Cooper, Fremont Rider, p. 103, University of California
  • Atti ufficiali della Esposizione universale di Vienna del 1873, Catalogo generale degli espositori italiani, Italy. Giuria per la Esposizione universale di Vienna, 1873

References[change | change source]

  1. [1] Antonio Rotta, A party in Venice,
  2. [2] Rotta, Antonio (1828-1903) - Dipinti - Gelatina/ vetro, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
  3. A Venetian water fete, Antonio Rotta, Sotheby's in London, Sotheby's – official website
  4. [3] Un baccanale di Venezia, Antonio Rotta, Official Proceedings of the Universal Exhibition of Vienna of 1873, General Catalog of Italian Exhibitors, Italy. Jury for the Vienna Universal Exhibition, 1873

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