Commiato degli ambasciatori

The Ambassadors Depart

Vittore Carpaccio
Ciclo di Sant'Orsola

Author
Vittore Carpaccio
Venezia 1460 c. - prima del giugno 1526
Title
The Ambassadors Depart
Catalogue
573
Support
Canvas, 281 x 252 cm
Provenance
Acquired following the Napoleonic Suppression, 1812
Hall
Hall XXI

Ursula’s father concludes negotiations and entrusts the ambassadors with the dispatch containing the conditions his daughter has placed on her marriage. Carpaccio probably drew on ceremonies inside the Palazzo Ducale for details such as the baldacchino, a symbol of the doge’s power, hanging from garlands of boxwood, and the scribe in the background. The great hall, which gives on to a courtyard, is bathed in light streaming in from the window on the left, and the whole scene is dominated by polychromatic marble.