Veneto: Venice and Beyond

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.

 

View of the Grand Canal from the Ponte dell’Accademia.

 

The Chamber of the Scrutinio in the Doge’s Palace.

 

A front door in Venice.

 

Gold mosaics decorate the walls, vaults and cupolas of the San Marco cathedral.

 

Two early masterpieces by Canoletto in the Ca’ Rezzonico museum – View of the Grand Canal from Ca’ Balbi towards Rialto (1723), and Rio dei Mendicanti (the Beggars’ Canal, 1724-26).

 

An original wooden chandelier in the ballroom of the Ca’ Rezzonico palace completed by the Rezzonico family in 1750 in Venice.

 

The fresco depicting the life of Christ and the Virgin in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua is widely accepted as Giotto’s masterpiece.

 

A host of male and female saints painted by Giusto de Menabuoi decorate the cupola of the baptistry of Padua dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

 

 

 

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