Bucentaur


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Bucentaur

opulent Venetian ship of state. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 257]
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Rather, they have fashioned it into a statement of their mercantile supremacy at sea and they act out a ritualized wedding between their city referred to here as la Signoria, and the Mediterranean Sea: "then the Signory went forth with great pomp to wed the sea in the Bucentaur, with so many handsomely dressed gentlemen on board, so much music and singing, that it seemed a paradise." [27] While on this particular holy day paradise should refer to Christ's new dwelling place, here it is used mundanely to indicate the effects of the musical spectacle and pomp of the Venetians.
In 1797 the barge Bucentaur was destroyed by the French.