c.1735. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. Read Note.
The Doge Visiting the Church and Scuola di San Rocco. The body of St. Roch has been housed by the Church of San Rocco, at the right, since 1485. In 1576 there was a severe outbreak of the plague in Venice, and it was thought that St. Roch’s intervention prevented an even greater disaster, so from that year onwards the saint’s feast day, 16 August, was celebrated by the Republic. On the picture the Venice authorities are emerging from the church after they have attended Mass. The Scola di San Rocco is in the center of the composition; it is decorated with garlands and paintings. Canaletto and his artist nephew Belotto are recorded as having sold some of their works at one of such exhibitions.