Leading Pictures ofA Lover of Venice
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"Virgin Citie of Venice, the Queene of the Christian World, that Diamond set in the ring of the Adriatique gulfe, and the most resplendent mirrour of Europe...a subject worthy for the greatest Monarch in the world to reade over." Thomas Coryat, English traveler, "Crudities," 1608.
real Venetians...would take to the water on foot if they could." Ivo
is a wholly visceral experience where what we see is so much less than
what we perceive or feel." Annabelle Selldorf.
melancholy that belongs to Venice is medicinal."
stato a Venezia molte volte. Per questo credo fermamente di non
been to Venice many times. And so I believe not to know her").
|"I have learned to know a Venice in Venice that the others seem never to have perceived." James Whistler, 1880.|
expect to really get to know a place after three weeks or three
months of being there, but we can let the place challenge ourselves,
our identities, and our world view so that when we walk through our
front door after a trip we're different people." David Farley in "30
Days in Italy."
thing to tell you of Venice is that I adore it – have
fallen deeply and desperately in love with it. I had been there twice
before but each time only for a few days. This time I have drunk deep,
and the magic potion has entered my blood." Henry James, "Letters,"
|"Venetians never felt like refugees from a lost classical heritage and never experienced the same deep longing for its recovery felt in other Italian cities. By the time of the early Italian Renaissance, Venice was the wealthiest state in Europe and had already completed her greatest architectural achievements." Dial Parrott, "The Genius of Venice.," 2013.|
whom has been thrown the spell of the siren; who, leaving her,
have borne away with them an incurable wound, for which the only solace
has been to dwell again in memory with the features of the beloved, and
to reproduce her lineaments on the mirror of the mind." Horatio Brown, "In
Around Venice," 1905.
only sensible to walk in Venice; nowhere else will the walker be
so well rewarded, and the streets hard though their surfaces appear,
have a miraculous spring in the paving which makes fatigue almost
impossible." J. G. Links, "Venice for Pleasure."
|"The houses of this city are very notable and very tall and with many chambers and with many chimneys, and grace themselves with rich façades and windows to the streets, richly wrought in gold and azure, all covered in marble." Pero Tafur, Spanish traveler, "Wanderings and Travels," 1435-1439.|
eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."
is so clean to walk in as if a man were walking in a gracious
chamber, because it is well paved and well bricked over; no four-legged
beast enters it, it doesn't accumulate water in winter, and thus there
is no mud nor dust in summer; there the seas wax and wane, but not as
much as in the Ponent, and take away the filth from the secret places,
or else they could not live because of the stench, and they still say
that sometimes the air gets infected, and that's why they have so many
fires, winter and summer, and burn many perfumes and bring with
themselves big smells..." Pero Tafur, Spanish traveler, "Wanderings
and Travels," 1435-1439.
shine auspiciously on this above all other emporia." Jacopo
de'Barbari, "View of Venice," 1500.
of surface, of tone, of detail, of things near enough to touch and
kneel upon and lean against." Henry James.
has been room for tragedy in Venice" Peter Ackroyd, "Venice, Pure
Profit. Glory. These were the compass points of Venetian Life."
Roger Crowley, "City of Fortune. How Venice Ruled the Seas."
those whom all others shun. She raises those whom others
lower. She affords a welcome to those who are persecuted
Pietro Aretino in an address to the doge, 1527.
give the dimensions of this city, for it appears to me not one
city alone but several cities placed together." Pietro Casola, Italian
traveler, "Pilgrimage to Jerusalem," 1494.
long ago on the waves built a city, as lovely as seems To some
bard in his dreams." Lord Lytton (Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton,"Owen
it hard to understand why, if the Republic was an oligarchy
utterly selfish and despotic, it has left to all classes of Venetians
so much regret and sorrow for its fall." W. D. Howells, "Venetian Life."
were not King of France, I would choose to be a citizen of Venice."
Henry III, 1574
also displayed his remarkable genius as a sculptor. It was his
novel idea to erect groups of near life-size figures representing
stories from the Old Testament, The Drunkenness of Noah and the Fall of
Man, at the lower corners of the Palace. Placing large-scale sculpted
images in such prominent, eye-level locations on the corners (as
opposed to the entranceways) of a monumental public building was a new
concept that (except for the remounted Tetrarchs on the corner of
the San Marco treasury) no Greek, Roman, or earlier medieval sculptor
had attempted." Dial Parrott, "The Genius of Venice," 2013.
of Venice are a constant object of beauty in the landscape; their
deep oranges and reds; their fantastic designs –here a heart pierced by
a sword, there a rose in bloom, or a star with a flash of lightning
from it– contrast so vividly with the cool gray of the waters upon
which they float." Horatio Brown, "In and Around Venice," 1905.
hard to believe how comfortable the [gondolas] in Venice are until
you have tried them. For they offer so much comfort to passengers who
have made long trips by horse and carriage and arrive at Marghera or at
some other point of embarkation where the calm restores their exhausted
bodies that they finish the journey as though they were sitting at
home. As a result, they forget their sufferings and they are rewarded
by the sight, in the midst of the waves, of many beautiful palaces...I
have experienced this many times myself, having been tossed around in
carriages and endured the miseries of riding on horseback." Cesare
Vecellio, "Degli Habiti Antichi et Moderni di Diverse Parti del Mondo,"
be happy. You are in Venice." Shannon Essa and Ruth Edenbaum,
reside here protecting the waters at this port." Jacopo
de'Barbari, "View of Venice," 1500.
winter, Venice is like an abandoned theater. The play is finished
but the echoes remain." A. Blatas
two ways of getting about in Venice: by foot on the dry land, and
by boat." Marin Sanudo, 1493.
the assaults of beauty, backing away from its abysmal depths and
your own incapacity to embrace it, explain it, you seek relief. For an
instant, like so many Venetians of centuries past, you wish to become a
fugitive from splendor." Janet Sethre
|"Venice is not only, like Paris, a context for romantic encounters, it is also a partner in them, becoming almost, to the solitary traveler, itself the object of desire." Ian Littlewood|
|"Only to those who linger here after they have seen the sights, knowing that they should have left, does it reveal itself." Ian Littlewood|
thing, which upsets any idea of proportion, is that this
jumble of columns, of capitals, of basreliefs, of enamels, of mosaics -
this mingling of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Gothic styles -
produces the most harmonious possible whole." Théophile Gautier
"At sunset all cities look wonderful, but some more than others." Joseph Brodsky
|"For there the fancies of men have suffered the Sea Change of half a score centuries; there their minds have met from east and west, and the currents of a hundred nations have whirled and eddied in the narrow vortex, ever with new glory rising from the foam; and the Stern Pisan and the Dreamy Greek and the restless Arab, the languid Ottomite and the strong Teuton; there the patience of early Christianity and the enthusiasm of medieval superstition, and the fire of ancient and the rationalism of recent infidelity, have all had their work, and all their time. There the marbles of a thousand mountains have been labored, each by those who dwelt at their feet, and the offerings of a thousand isles have met in one cloud of incense - and out of this masque and morrice of Kingdoms and times, there has arisen one wild Sea Harmony, the sweetest that ever human soul conceived." John Ruskin|
of delight, amidst which the beasts of the Greek horses are
seen blazing in their breath of golden strength, and the Saint Mark's
lion, lifted on a blue field covered with stars, until at last, as if
in ecstasy, the crest of the arches break into a marble foam, and toss
themselves far into the blue sky in flashes and wreaths of sculptured
spray, as if the breakers in the Lido shore had been frost-bound before
they fell, and the sea-nymphs had inlaid them with coral and amethyst."
"The Florentines, who were incapable of ruling themselves, produced a great theorist of government: Machiavelli. The Venetians had no theorists and evolved a model republic." Mary McCarthy
"...and disembarking we are glad to be at home again. For even an afternoon's absence is like an act of treachery." E. V. Lucas
stays in Venice tend to be short, we always leave traces behind us.
Every time we come back, a little more of our being threads its way
into her tapestry, and so the memories of our visits gradually create a
synopsis of our personal history." Petr Král
on the vaporetto. / Bundled in hats, scarves and gloves, / we're
alone with a hundred restless / shifting eyes." Mark Rudman, "Provoked
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