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 Costello, J. (Italian(?) artist, active 19th century), The Election of the Doge of Venice

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Title The Election of the Doge of Venice
Collection Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Artist Costello, J. (Italian(?) artist, active 19th century)
Date Earliest possibly about 1800
Date Latest possibly about 1900
Signed yes
Description In this nineteenth-century painting by the unknown artist J. Costello, the Doge's procession, dressed in sixteenth-century costume, is leaving the portal of St Mark's Basilica in Venice, with the Piazza san Marco beyond. The Venetian Republic developed under the authority of the Doge, a name derived from the Latin dux, (head). After a complex series of balloting by 41 senior statesmen, the election of a new Doge was heralded by the ringing of bells. If the choice proved popular, widespread rejoicing would follow, as well as a coronation ceremony. It is presumed that the artist was Italian.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:B4213
Former Accession Number SAG 113
Inscription front lr 'J. Costello'
Subject townscape; buildings and gardens; everyday life; place (Venice); figure
Measurements 122.1 x 172.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. A. D. Shipley, 1909.
Publications Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1917, no. 113; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1921, no. 113; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1951, no. 113.
Rights Owner The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel
 

 

 

 

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