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From the Collection: Canaletto and the Marriage of the Sea

Learn more about one of the most enchanting annual festivals of 18th-century Venice, The Marriage of the Sea, told through the paintings of Canaletto in this illustrated talk.

The Marriage of the Sea ceremony was established in Venice in circa 1000AD – and continues to this day with a procession of boats. It commemorates Doge Pietro II Orseolo's conquest of Dalmatia and has come to stand as a symbol of Venice’s maritime prominence. Dulwich Picture Gallery's Curator Peter Kerber will bring its ceremony and splendour back to life through Canaletto's paintings, as well as exploring the personal letters, travel journals and books written by those who attended the event.

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Start date
6 April 2019
Free, but ticketed