One of the Oldest Surviving Gondolas Now on View at National Gallery of Art in Washington

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WASHINGTON, DC.- One of the oldest surviving gondolas from Venice is now on view on the mezzanine of the East Building at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. It will complement the exhibition Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, on view from February 20 through May 30, 2011. The gondola dates from the mid-19th century and was once owned by American painter Thomas Moran (1837–1926). On loan from The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia, the gondola measures 37 feet long by 5 feet wide. In addition to visually transporting visitors to the lagoon city, Moran’s gondola recalls the many images of gondolas seen in the Venetian view paintings of his predecessors. The principal means of transit in Venice