12" x 35"
Oil on Canvas
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Signed by the Artist Mandii Pope
It is estimated that there were eight to ten thousand gondolas during the 17th and 18th century. There are just over four hundred in active service today, virtually all of them used for hire by tourists. Those few that are in private ownership are either hired out to Venetians for weddings or used for racing. Even though the Gondola by now has become a widely publicized icon of Venice, in the times of the Republic of Venice it was by far not the only means of transportation: on the map of Venice created by Jacopo de' Barbari in 1500 only a fraction of the boats are gondolas,
the majority of boats are batellas, caorlinas, galleys and other boats –
by now only a handful of batellas survive, and caorlinas are used for racing