Picture of the Week

We start this new section where every week a different picture will be showcased. Occasionally, there will be a second picture for you to identify.

The answer will be posted the following week, but if you do not want to wait, you can always e-mail me at:
(your e-mail address will not be published or shared)

San Polo Picture of the Week 2010
Santa Croce Picture of the Week 2011
Castello San Marco Picture of the Week 2012
Madonna della Misericordia
Christmas in Venice Picture of the Week 2013
Snow-Covered Venice
Signs, Banners and Graffiti Picture of the Week 2014
Cast in Stone
External Links Picture of the Week 2015
Summertime Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean Picture of the Week 2016
Most Serene Places My Favorites Picture of the Week 2017
Picture of the Week 2018

March 27, 2020
The Bellini clan
Details of two famous pictures from the Accademia Gallery.
The top one is believed to show from left to right: Gentile, Jacopo and Giovanni Bellini.
The bottom one is believed to show from left to right, kneeling: Jacopo Bellini, Leonardo Bellini (nephew of Jacopo), Andrea Mantegna
(son in law of Jacopo) and Gentile and Giovanni, sons of Jacopo. They are believed to be arranged by age.
Can you identify the pictures?

In these trying times for the whole world, this link of a video about deserted Venice was sent to me
by another lover of Venice. Normally I would say enjoy it without reservations, but in this case I say, enjoy for what it is,
an extraordinary piece of historical documentary.

March 20, 2020
Chiesa Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, San Polo
Giovanni Bellini's altarpiece

Here's a tough one. Where are we? Answer

March 13, 2020
San Nicolò del Lido

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March 6, 2020
Grand Canal

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February 28, 2020
Spring cleaning time.
The lavender glass of Venice. The color is due to the presence of manganese oxide. Another place where you
can admire purple glass is in the old brownstones of Boston (but it was a mistake; the glass was clear
in the beginning but turned lavender-purple upon exposure to the sunlight due to the high content of
manganese that oxidized and changed the color of the glass.)

Where are we? Answer

February 21, 2020
Salizada San Provolo leading to Campo San Zaccaria, Castello

Where can we find these two elegant portals, one in Castello the other in San Marco?

February 14, 2020
From a door in the Giudecca with love: Happy Valentine's Day!

This amazing floor is in one of the most important churches in Venice. Where?
I count at least seven different types of colored marbles. Answer

February 7, 2020

From top to bottom: church of Santa Maria dei Derelitti, Il Redentore, Piazza San Marco.

Where can we find this elegant vera da pozzo? Answer

January 27, 2020
Palazzo Sagredo, Cannaregio

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January 20, 2020
Teatro La Fenice, San Marco

Where can we find this relief of the Madonna? Answer

January 13, 2020
After sunset on the Grand Canal

Where are we after sunset? Answer

January 6, 2020

Happy Epiphany, Three Wise Men's Day or Three Kings' Day (it does not matter how you call it).

Homage to Giorgione's "L'Adorazione  dei Magi", handmade tableau by Alfonso Pozzobon, San Marco di Resana, Treviso,
Italy (exhibited at the church of La Madalena,  Cannaregio, Venezia, 2010).

Where are we? Answer

December 30, 2019

Happy New Year!

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December 20, 2019

From Sacramento to Venice, to the world...
Merry Christmas
Joyeux Noël
Feliz Navidad
Buon Natale
Frohe Weihnachten
Feliz Natal

This picture was taken several years ago right before Christmas. Do you know where? Answer

December 13, 2019
Mercatino Antiquariato Campo San Maurizio, San Marco.

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December 6, 2019
Rio San Barnaba, Dorsoduro

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November 29, 2019
Grand Canal, Palazzo Da Lezze (red façade), San Marco.

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November 22, 2019
Thanks Sophie for the very moving pictures posted this week.

Sunday, November 17, 2019, noon, Ghetto Nuovo, acqua grande

Thursday, November 21, 2019, Festa de La Salute

November 15, 2019
Venice is in mourning. We are all in mourning. This is Venice in the future if we do not act now: a lost image,
a blank space, nothing.

There have been nine exceptionally high tides (acqua alta of more than 140 cm) in Venice in the 20th century at an average
of one every eight years. There have been eleven since the beginning of this century at an average of one every year and a half.
Three alone this week. I predict that there will be at least two more exceptionally high waters before MOSE is completed in
2022 (it was supposed to be
completed in 2012!) Let's hope they are not the final blow to this fragile city.

November 8, 2019
Ponte San Maurizio, San Marco

Where are we? Answer

November 1st, 2019
Rio de Sant'Anna and Ponte Novo, Castello.

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October 26, 2019
Grand Canal from Ponte de l'Accademia

Where is this fountain? Answer

October 18, 2019
Rio de l'Anzolo Rafael, Dorsoduro.

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October 11, 2019
Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello.

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October 4, 2019
Grand Canal at San Marcuola, Cannaregio.

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September 27, 2019
Rio de la Misericordia, Cannaregio.

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September 20, 2019
Late summer afternoon in the lagoon

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September 13, 2019
Mercato, Rialto, San Polo.

Where is this pine cone? Answer

September 6, 2019
Church of San Geremia and Santa Lucia, Cannaregio

Where are we? Answer

August 30, 2019
Campo de la Celestia, Castello

Where can we find this handsome sotoportego? Answer

August 23, 2019
Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco

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August 16, 2019

August 21, 1609: A momentous day 410 years ago atop of the Campanile di San Marco.

Happy birthday Sophie!!!

Where are we? Can you identify the campanili? Answer

August 9, 2019
Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Cannaregio

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August 2, 2019

Sunrise in the lagoon

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July 26, 2019

Sant'Elena, Castello.

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July 19, 2019

Church of San Cassiano, San Polo.

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July 12, 2019

Campo San Zaccaria, Castello.

Where are we? The bridge was featured in a short scene of a famous movie set in Venice where the protagonist
with her back on
the pillar under the sotoportego responds to a kiss by her Italian suitor with a:
"Why did you do that?...I love you." and speeds away, crossing the bridge but without forgetting to set the time for
the next day's rendezvous
. Answer

July 5, 2019

"Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins" by Tintoretto.
Church of San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti, Castello.

Where are we? Answer

June 28, 2019

Main altar of the church of San Lorenzo, Castello, the work of sculptor and architect Gerolamo Campagna, active in
Verona and Venice [1549 (or 1550)-1626]. His sculptures can be admired in many public buildings, among them the
church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the church of the Gesuiti and in the scuola di San Rocco.

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June 21, 2019

 Campo San Zan Degolà, Santa Croce.

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June 14, 2019

Un pomeriggio in laguna.

Where are we? (Hint: somewhere in the lagoon) Answer

June 7, 2019

Pensione Accademia, Dorsoduro

Where are we and who wrote the phrase below? Answer

May 31, 2019

Palazzo Soranzo-Van Axel, Cannaregio

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May 24, 2019

Brocca, men's store, Rugheta del Ravano, San Polo

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May 17, 2019

Salizada San Francesco, Castello

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May 10, 2019

Rio de San Barnaba from Ca' Rezzonico, Dorsoduro

There are a few of these peep screens scattered in different parts of the city: Cannaregio, San Polo, Dorsoduro.
Do you know where we can find this one? Answer

May 3, 2019

Palazzo Ducale, San Marco

Here is a tough one: Where are we today? Think Cannaregio. Answer

April 26, 2019

Rio de la Toletta from Ponte Lombardo, Dorsoduro

Where are we? Answer

April 19, 2019

La Pietà, by Giambattista Cima da Conegliano (1517/1518) Accademia di Belle Arti, Dorsoduro.

April 12, 2019

Views from the Campanile di San Marco

This picture has one very special feature. We can see (albeit barely) the only bridge in the heart of Venice
visible from the campanile: Ponte del Lovo on Rio de San Salvador (center of picture).

In this picture we see four campanili. Can you identify them? Answer

April 5, 2019

Call it wisteria, glycine, glicina, glicine or glyzinien, its purple explosion embellishes every spring this corner
of the Grand Canal by Rio de San Zan Degolà in Santa Croce.

Can you identify the campanile and the dome behind? Answer

March 29, 2019

Campiello Barbaro, Dorsoduro

Where are we? Answer

March 22, 2019

Ponte de la Costituzione and Ponte del Monastero, Santa Croce

Where can we find this relief of the Virgin of the Rosary, Baby Jesus and saints? Answer

March 15, 2019

Rio de Noal, Cannaregio

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March 8, 2019


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March 1st, 2019

Approaching Venice from the airport

Can you guess from what point of the lagoon (between which islands) was the above picture taken?
For a slightly different, but revealing, viewpoint see Leading Pictures.
Where are we standing in the picture below? Answer

February 22, 2019

Circolo Sottufficiali Marina Militare, Riva de la Ca' di Dio, Castello.
In this building the Most Serene Republic had the state ovens where "biscotti" and
"gallette" were baked to feed its mariners during their long sea voyages.

Here is the coat of arms of the Italian Navy (Marina Militare). Do you know what it represents? Answer

February 15, 2019

San Giorgio Maggiore, San Marco

Where are we? Answer

February 8, 2019

Scuola Levantina, Ghetto Vecchio, Cannaregio.

Bimà, Scuola Levantina. According to tradition the imposing bimà is the work of  wood-carving artist
Andrea Brustolon (1662-1732) from Belluno.

Where are we? Can you locate this window? Answer

February 1st, 2019

Rio de San Barnaba, Dorsoduro

Do you recognize the spot that inspired this painting by Lee Jian? Answer

January 25, 2019

John Ruskin had a very low esteem for the architecture of the High Renaissance and the Baroque, a sentiment that we do not share at aloverofvenice. Here is what he has to say about the façade of the Ospedaletto and other buildings of the period that he calls the Grotesque Renaissance:
About the Ospedaletto: "The most monstrous example of the Grotesque Renaissance which there is in Venice; the sculptures on its façade representing masses of diseased figures and swollen fruit."
"It is almost worth devoting an hour to the successive examination of five buildings, as illustrative of the last degradation of the Renaissance. S. Moisè is almost clumsy, S. Maria Zobenigo the most impious, S. Eustachio the most ridiculous, the Ospedaletto the most monstrous, and the head at S. Maria Formosa the most foul." (from "The Stones of Venice," volume III).

Ospedaletto, Castello

San Moisè, San Marco

Santa Maria Zobenigo, San Marco

San Stae (San Eustachio), Santa Croce

Santa Maria Formosa, Castello

January 18, 2019

Abbazia S. Gregorio, Dorsoduro.
Behind the Gothic portal, surmounted by Saint Gregory's relief,  is a beautiful cloister
from 1342. Next door is the Neo-Gothic palace, Palazzo Genovese, now a luxury hotel. The abbazia was once a
wedding present from the American heiress Barbara Hutton to her groom, Cary Grant. Despite the present, the marriage lasted
only three years.

Where are we? Answer

January 11, 2019

Rio e Ponte dei Santi Apostoli, Cannaregio

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January 4, 2019


Where can we find this forcolaio? Answer

December 28, 2018

Happy New Year!!!

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