Today I will share a work by French artist Charles Hoffbauer. Based on the title, I assume the masked couple are being shown to their gondola by the ball entertainers after that evening's event. I love how this friendly gesture is accompanied by Hoffbauer's lively use of color. Whereas some nights end on a sour or tragic note, our subjects in Hoffbauer's painting appear to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, and will perhaps fondly remember this evening for years to come.
The latern is a really nice touch, even though there seems to be enough natural light to find one's way on the canal. My guess would be that this scene is meant to take place at dusk.