Picture of the Week
2012





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:
                         sestiere@aloverofvenice.com
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December 28, 2012

Happy New Year!



Check out the new game, Campanili.

December 21, 2012

Oratorio dell' Annunziata, Campo Sant' Angelo, San Marco

The modern stained glass window is inspired by a centuries old Greek icon of the Nativity and highlights that special place that Byzantium and the East had in Venetian history. This Nativity does not look anything like the typical scene seen in Roman Catholic churches. The Theotokos, or Mother of God, is at its center, reclining rather than kneeling. Baby Jesus, all swaddled up and looking more like a toddler than a newborn, is at her side. The donkey and the ox, although not mentioned in the New Testament, are familiar participants of most Nativity scenes. They make reference to Isaiah 1:3, "The ox knows his master, and the donkey his master's crib; but Israel does not know me, and the people have not considered me". Perhaps the most peculiar element of this scene is a troubled Joseph, removed from the central figures and looking into the void. He may be pondering an uncertain future or trying to understand the miracle of the birth.  To the left, the bath is ready for the Baby.




Below is a copy of an exquisite plaque depicting a similar scene (10th or 11th cent.) The original can be found at the Vatican Museums and may have been the inspiration for the stained glass window. "The Birth" is written in Greek in the upper right corner. A few more allegorical elements are present in this image. From the star, a heavenly messenger that announces the birth of Jesus, a ray of light shines directly on the Baby's head. Angels sing their praise to the Newborn, among shepherds and animals. The humanity of Jesus is indicated by the bath given by the two women. The Nativity sprouts from the Tree of Jesse fulfilling the Scriptures, Isaiah 11:1-2, "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots; And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him..." Jesus was born to the House of David, King of Israel and Judah and the son of Jesse.



Merry Christmas!

December 14, 2012

In this corner of Cannaregio even the "idrante antincedio" is part of the decoration


December 7, 2012

Taking a break in Castello on Rio del Vin, Trattoria "Alla Rivetta"



Where are we? Answer


November 30, 2012

Aeroporto del Lido
The airport was constructed in 1915 to accommodate a small fleet of fighter planes sent by the French to defend the
city during the First World War.




November 23, 2012

Punta de la Dogana, Dorsoduro




Where are we? Answer


November 16, 2012

Festa della Salute is November 21



November 9, 2012
Horses of San Marco: The best traveled horses in the world
Although their origin is still a subject of controversy, chemical analysis indicates that they date from the second century BC. Made almost entirely of copper (more than 97%) rather than bronze, the only surviving quadriga from the ancient world still exhibits an exquisite gilding. They are now protected inside the Basilica of San Marco but they were exposed to the elements for centuries. Most likely built by the Romans rather than the Greeks, as once thought, but with clear Greek influence as evidenced by the cropped manes, they stood atop the high tower of the Hippodrome in Constantinople. They traveled to Venice in 1204 as spoils of the Fourth Crusade. They were placed in the loggia, atop the main portal of San Marco, in the middle of the fourteenth century. They were lowered by the French in 1797 and transported to Paris where they first decorated the entrance to the Tuileries Palace and then the newly erected Arch of Carrousel. In 1815, thanks to Canova's intervention, they were brought back to Venice, crossed the lagoon on a raft, were restored at the Arsenal, and reinstalled in the loggia. They were lowered again in 1915 at the beginning of the First World War, moved to Rome for protection in 1917, in a complicated journey by boat and by train, and housed first at Castel Sant' Angelo and later at Palazzo Venezia. They were brought back to Venice in 1919. They were lowered once again in 1940, and this time stored in the Palazzo Ducale until the end of the Second World War. Between 1979 and 1982 they (or at least one of them, the second from the left) traveled the world. They have been to London, New York, Mexico City, Milan and Berlin. Today, iron replicas adorn the front of the Basilica while the real ones seem to smile at us in their cozy corner in the Basilica's museum. Electronic analysis indicated that the scoring on their breasts, necks and faces was deliberate, most likely to reduce glare.






November 2, 2012

Riva Tonda, San Marco


October 26, 2012

San Vidal, San Marco






Another Venice
Where are we? Answer



October 19, 2012

Sweet anticipation

Vipiteno (Sterzing), Bolzano, Porto di Chioggia, Porto di Malamocco, Stazione Marittima...









October 13, 2012

Before...


...and after.

On Rielo, between Rio de le Terese and Rio de San Nicolò, Dorsoduro.

October 7, 2012

Nordic Venice: Molino Stucky, Giudecca.




Where am I standing? Answer


September 29, 2012

Palazzi Donà  (14th cent.), Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello.


September 23, 2012

Downpour on the Grand Canal, from Ca' Pesaro, Santa Croce.




Where are we, please? Answer


September 17, 2012

Rio de Sant' Antonin from Ponte de la Comenda, Castello.

This bridge is near the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni and the Church of San Giovanni Battista, founded in the
11th century by the Templars and transferred "in commendam" (provisional occupation) to the Knights of Malta in 1312,
after the disbandment of the order.




September 9, 2012

San Nicolò da Tolentino, Santa Croce
The portico was designed by Andrea Tirali.
September 10th is the feast day of San Nicolò da Tolentino, born in Sant' Angelo, Ancona, in 1245.



September 1, 2012

Marco Polo at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, the "Venetian Pantheon," Palazzo Loredan,
Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco.


"I believe it was God's pleasure that we should get back in order that people might learn about the things that the world contains.
Thanks be to God! Amen! Amen!"

End to "The Travels of Marco Polo."


August 25, 2012




Where are we? Answer


August 18, 2012

San Marco, Campanile

Marangona



From here, Galileo Galilei with his telescope on August 21, 1609, widened humankind's horizon



August 11, 2012

Ponte de le Maravegie, Dorsoduro


Check out the newly added section Leading Pictures

August 4, 2012



July 28, 2012

Dorsoduro




Where are we? Answer



July 22, 2012

The locals...


...and the tourists


July 15, 2012

Another Venice: Solitary house on Fondamenta Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Croce.
Across the canal, Dorsoduro.



July 7, 2012

Ca' d'Oro, Cannaregio




Do you know where to find the only –as fas as I know– indoor campiello in Venice? Answer


June 30, 2012

Palazzo da Mula, Murano.
One of the few old palaces that survive in Murano, Palazzo da Mula has Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance elements. The coats
of arms on the sides of the windows date from the second half of the 16th century.
A Madonna Annunziata guards the entrance to the palace, from above the windows.
To the left, the bell tower of San Pietro Martire.




Do you know where to find this happy dog? Answer



June 24, 2012

Today Christianity celebrates the birth of Saint John the Baptist, son of Elizabeth and Zacharias.

This beautiful stained-glass window depicts the Visitation, Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth who's about to give birth to John.
In the Catholic Church, the Visitation is celebrated on May 31.
Oratorio dell' Annunziata, Campo Sant' Angelo, San Marco.



"...when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.
And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."
Luke, 1: 41-42.

June 15, 2012

Senza parole

Photo credit: Vern, a Hoosier in Venice




Where are we? Answer


June 9, 2012

Sleeping beauty. Feiffer Marmi, Cannaregio.



June 2, 2012

Pepper from Jamaica, Cinnamon from Ceylon, Cumin from Malta, Red and Green Pepper from Madagascar.
Drogheria Mascari is a modern reincarnation of the Medieval spice market. Rialto, San Polo.





These two lions live in the same neighborhood. Can you spot where? Answer





May 26, 2012

One of the most beautiful churches in Venice: San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, Dorsoduro



May 21, 2012

Head of Carmagnola
Francesco Bussone, known as the Count of Carmagnola, was a condottiero at the service of Venice.
When the campaign against Milan, Carmagnola's former employer, seemed to last for ever, the Venetians grew suspicious and
summoned him to the city. He was brought to trial for treason, found guilty and beheaded on May 5, 1432.
According to legend, the porphyry head at the corner of the Basilica represents the head of Carmagnola.
In reality, this sculpture is much older, probably from the 8th century, and is likely to represent the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian II the
Rhinotmetos (the "slit-nosed").








For all those lovers of pissotte, out there: Can you find this one? Answer



May 11, 2012

Goldoni's House, San Polo



May 5, 2012

Cannaregio, Rio dei Miracoli meets Rio de Ca' Widmann



April 28, 2012

Ca' Foscari, Dorsoduro, and the mysterious lights.




Here is a little mystery for the week. See the light to the left of the pole, the one that looks like the sun behind the clouds? As anybody
familiar with the Venetian geography knows, the sun can never be there, as the camera is pointing NE. The picture was taken
at 2:55 pm on December 16. I amplified the photo to take a closer look and, to my surprise, I discovered three other mysterious lights
that look much like UFOs. You can even see the windows!




So I thought...
I'm ashamed to confess that it took me more than a few minutes to figure out what had happened. Answer

April 21, 2012

Virgin, Child and absent Saint John by Sansovino, San Marco Museum, Basilica di San Marco.

This beautiful guilt terracotta sculpture by Jacopo Tatti, called Il Sansovino, dating from the middle of the 16th century,
was located in the loggetta of the campanile. It was broken into more than fourteen hundred pieces when the campanile
collapsed on July 14th, 1902. It was reassembled in 1903 and underwent several restorations since then. However,
the figure of the infant Saint John, to the left of the Virgin and
part of the original sculpture, was so severely damaged
that couldn't be recovered. That's why the left hand of the Madonna now stretches to empty space when it used to caress
the head of the future Baptist.







Can you find this little peeping Tom? Perched above the wall, behind a sotoportego, he can see you when you walk along
a popular fondamenta in Dorsoduro and, most likely, you would never notice him. But you can find him in Venice Connected.

Answer



April 14, 2012

San Marco, Campanile

According to legend, a seasoned and brave sea captain was returning to his beloved Venice in the early afternoon hours
of July 14, 1902. The weather was perfect, sunny and clear, but his trusted guide, his faithful beacon was not there
to welcome him. The campanile di San Marco had vanished and Venice looked utterly unreal, more like the immaterial Venice
of his dreams than the sure port that he had called home for fifty years. And the seasoned and brave captain lost his
mind, and his ship almost sank in the middle of the lagoon, and his crew mourned the loss of two masters; so the legend goes.

April 25, 2012 marks the centennial of the new campanile, built after the collapse of the millennium-old one, at midmorning
of July 14, 1902.




Check out the new Around Castello.

April 7, 2012

Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello

The brick pattern on the façade of this building was inspired in the Doge's Palace, which in turn was inspired in
Islamic and Moorish designs such as the typical, centuries-old, brick work of Tozeur, Tunisia.











March 31, 2012

Arcobaleno




Can you find this perforated stone? These perforated stones (pietre sbuse) were probably used, with the help of a pole, to hang
banners, shades or just laundry. See Around Santa Croce. For a hint about the location of this one (in fact, the answer),
see Yvonne's blog. Answer




March 23, 2012

Campo Santa Ternita, Castello
The Church of Santa Ternita (Holy Trinity) was destroyed in 1832. The white house dates from the 16th-17th century and
is a typical example of Renaissance architecture.




March 16, 2012

Another Venice

Sant' Andrea de la Zirada, Santa Croce

In 2005, before the People Mover.
The Gothic church is now a private art studio. Many of the paintings from this church, including some Tintorettos,
can be admired in the Diocesan Museum in the cloister of Sant' Apollonia in Castello.



In 2009. The People Mover is a rail system that connects the Island of Tronchetto with Piazzale Roma.
It's pulled by a cable and it takes about 3 minutes. It opened on April 19, 2010.






Is this little fellow carrying the globe or just about to throw it to a passerby? Answer




March 10, 2012

The saddest story ever told

Palazzo Ducale, Piazzetta, seventh capital from the SW corner.



Love at first sight

First date


The wedding

First kiss


Making love

Having a child


Raising the child

Mourning the child



Can you find this spot? Answer




March 3, 2012

Burano





February 24, 2012

Winter afternoon in Campiello dei Squelini, Dorsoduro

Squelini were manufactures of bowls. They had their workshops in this area.




Visit the revamped Around Cannaregio tour in the Hidden Corners section.


This oasis in the middle of the city shouldn't be too hard to find. Answer



Here is an extra something that has nothing to do with Venice. A reader from Pamplona, España, sent me this amazing link of the
Córdoba cathedral, España.  I wish one day somebody will produce a video of this quality with San Marco as the theme. 

http://visitacatedral.promediadifusion.com/

February 18, 2012

Rio de l'Arsenal, Castello






True mystery picture, at least to me.
Can anybody explain what is this red button doing on the Rialto Bridge?
When I noticed it not too long ago, I pushed it not without trepidation, thinking it may be a reset button and my
worst fear would true and Venice, like bubbles, would vanish in air. But nothing happened. Nothing.

If you have any idea, shoot me an e-mail.



Visit the revamped Around Cannaregio tour in the Hidden Corners section.

February 11, 2012


February 15 is the feast of San Simeon.

"And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem,
to present him to the Lord....And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was
just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by
the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ... And Simeon blessed them, and said
unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be
spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be
revealed." Luke 3: 22-35.

This passage describes the presentation of Jesus in the temple, a blessing of the first-born males that according to
Jewish law was performed forty days after birth. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is celebrated on February 2
by the Roman Catholic Church and other western churches, but the feast of San Simeon is celebrated on February 15,
which is February 2 according to the old Julian Calendar. Other traditional names for the feast of the Presentation of Jesus
are Candlemass and the Purification of the Virgin.

Venice has two churches consecrated to San Simeon: the newer and bigger church of San Simeon Piccolo, across from the Ferrovia,
and the older and smaller (yes, smaller) San Simeon Grande (or Grando) also known as San Simeon Profeta, both in the

sestiere of Santa Croce.

The façade of the church of San Simeon Piccolo has been covered with an ugly scaffolding, but, after many years,
the scaffolding finally came down in January 2012. It's the only church in Venice where mass in Latin is celebrated every day.



San Simeon Grande



San Simeon Piccolo. The campanile may qualify for the honor of being the shortest campanile in Venice. It rises only 10 feet from
the rooftop.



February 4, 2012

Enjoying the timid sun at San Giacomo da l'Orio, Santa Croce, before the big freeze.





Do you know where to find this?


The legend reads:

"This fragment of barbarity is in the noble stone framed
to denounce the perpetual enemy who has added shame to his shame
and glory to our glory."

10 August 1916, Gabriele D'Annunzio

Answer

January 28, 2012

For all cat lovers out there, here you have the three little cat houses I found hidden in Parco Savorgnan in Cannaregio.





A bit later I found the three beautiful cats.








I also found a rat trap. The cats must be very well fed.





To all Lovers of Venice, here is the question of the week:
What is the most common bridge name in Venice?
Send me an e-mail (sestiere@aloverofvenice.com) with your best guess.
Do not check any maps. I'll publish the poll results, the right
answer and the name of the winner in a couple of weeks.
(Do not cheat!)

Answer

January 21, 2012

Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, Campo Manin, San Marco
Built in the 1970's by Pier Luigi Nervi and Angelo Scattolin, the building has been ever since the subject of controversy.
I believe history will be kind to it.



Check out the revamped San Marco section in Hidden Corners.

Can you find this vera da pozzo? Answer


January 14, 2012

Cannaregio



January 7, 2012

Do not touch Rialto


You may have seen this banner at the Pescaria and wondered what it meant.
It was a popular response to last year's proposal to move the wholesale fish market from Tronchetto to Fusina, which would have

meant the death penalty to the Rialto Market. The markets will stay and so will the banner, just in case.




Can you figure out which campo is behind the glass and from where the picture was taken? The answer can be found
in a picture already posted in this section. Answer



December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!



Dawn, December 30, 2011