Alesandro Piazza specialized in capturing the daily life in Venice: both everyday and festive. He is considered one of the successors of Joseph Heintz the Younger.
The canvas presents Ridotto, the ground floor wing of the Dandolo Palace, where the first legal casino was operated. The walls of the gaming hall are decorated with gilded leather wallpaper; three simple wooden chandeliers hang from the ceiling. Adjacent to the main hall are several smaller rooms with card tables. The players gambling in casinos often appeared in costumes and masks for fun and to preserve their anonymity. Typical is the presence of courtesans, both for gamblers' inspiration and reward.
(expert opinion: Dario Succi, Gorizia)