Journal Article

Popes, kings and the Medici in the eighteenth-century <i>fasti</i> of the Palazzo Mocenigo di S. Stae in Venice

Patrick Kragelund

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 22, issue 2, pages 207-221
Published in print November 2010 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhp001
Popes, kings and the Medici in the eighteenth-century fasti of the Palazzo Mocenigo di S. Stae in Venice

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The Venetian Palazzo Mocenigo di S. Stae, once a family residence and today a public museum, holds a collection of eighteenth-century paintings celebrating the exploits of a branch of the renowned patrician family of the Mocenigo, seven of whom became doges of the Serenissima. The article discusses the role of such collections in exalting the status of Venetian aristocrats within the Republic and offers new identifications for a series of paintings by Antonio Stom featuring Mocenigos entertaining the last of the Medici as well as on embassies in Istanbul and London. Establishing strong links between these works and the renowned ‘Arrivals’ painted by Luca Carlevaris, the findings throw new light on two of Carlevaris's most remarkable paintings, The Arrival of the Venetian Ambassadors at the Tower of London in 1707 (Alte Pinakothek, Munich) and The Regatta of King Frederik IV on the Grand Canal in 1709 (Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark).

Journal Article.  7897 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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