10 Dec Veneto: Venice and Beyond
I am in love. With Venice. And beyond. Padua, Verona…. I wish I had had time to see more. Love can surprise you when you are not looking for it. I had no idea that I would succumb to the magical charms of this city of canals and palaces. And, as when infatuation overwhelms, I am at a loss for words. I feel like I have just skimmed the surface of this watery, divine realm of breathtaking artistic masterpieces. I want more. I want to study Giotto, Menabuoi, Titian, Tintoretto, the Bellini family. I want to read the Bible and know more intimately the religious scenes depicted so exquisitely and painstakingly for the benefit of the largely illiterate population during the early Gothic period and well into the Renaissance. I had experienced the glory of Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi but not his masterpiece, the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. I didn’t know about Giovanni Bellini before we stood transfixed before one of his Madonna and Child paintings in the Gallerie dell’Accademia. This love affair will last a long time. I know it. I will go back as much as I can. This is a spiritual and lifelong education, an opening and a deepening of awareness. Until I can return, I want to share a few treasures I plumbed from the golden depths.