Hidden treasures in the Frari Church: the stained-glass windows of the Corner Chapel

The Frari Church contains several masterpieces, but also amazing hidden treasures such as twelve glass panels in the Corner Chapel. The upper ones representing different saints were elaborated by an artist whose identity is still unknown; while the lower ones are a unique example of Liberty-style windows in Venice by Giovanni Beltrami.

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The Salute festivity in Venice

On 21st of November Venetians celebrate their most beloved festivity, Santa Maria della Salute. After the dramatic plague in 1630 an extraordinary church was built. Still today the whole city reverts in a very deeply felt pilgrimage to this spectacular dome, crossing the Grand Canal on a pontoon bridge to thank the Virgin Mary for having saved Venice and to pray for anyone to recover health.

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Venice is not sinking!

An unpretentious and concise outline of the complex issue of high tides and frequent floods in the city, commonly known as ‘acqua alta’, and an unbiased and updated resume of all the measures enacted for the safeguard of Venice and its lagoon. Read about how Venice is tackling the problem, and the scope of the whole project including the mobile barriers.

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Interview with Mattia Berto, a young multi-talented Venetian director

This interview is dedicated to those visitors curious to know all about the soul of the lagoon city and of the Venetians who still have a genuine love for it. “Theatre is life and, thanks to Mattia Berto, Venice is alive without a shadow of a doubt! And I, who have always been passionate about theatre, will have the pleasure of taking you around the city with a specially-programmed itinerary.”

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Titian’s Pesaro Madonna

Titian’s famous painting ‘Pesaro Madonna’ returned to its original location in the Frari Church after four years of absence and a conservative restoration curated by Save Venice. This special event prompts us to discuss this milestone of the history of Venetian painting: discover why this masterpiece broke with tradition and learn more about the history of the location, the genre of this painting, the donors and much more.

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The Doge of Venice Antonio Grimani in the art and history

Antonio Grimani’s career was controversial. A capable merchant, he obtained a considerable wealth to be then cast aside and be banished from Venice, to turn then powerful again and reach the highest position in political life in Venice as Doge. We can retrace his ups and downs in life in the wonderful painting by Titian and in the palace of the his famous nephew, Patriarch Giovanni Grimani, today a great State museum.

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Glass Design: from the Furnaces of Murano to Renaissance Canvases (and back)

Let us take a special tour of the Accademia Galleries to discover the beautiful glass objects painted in some masterpieces of the Venetian Renaissance. You will find out that an artist like Veronese is copied by modern designers, and that some very ancient shapes are still produced nowadays in the furnaces of Murano!

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Peace Rose in the garden of a Venetian palace

The Peace Rose with its delicate ivory-yellow colour tending to cream with slightly crimson-pink edged petals is considered one of the most famous roses. Read how Mr Meilland bred the rose in France shortly before ww2 and how it survived being given different names. Admire it in a private Venetian garden.

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Shoemaking industry: an ancient tradition still alive in Venice. Stories of artisans, saints and maecenas

The history of the guild of shoemakers proves that in past centuries the presence of guilds in Venice was important for lower classes who thus became part of the commercial system of the city. Read about how the seat of these Venetian ‘calegheri’, shoemakers and how this ancient tradition continues still nowadays thanks to Mr Luigino Rossi in the museum of the Villa Foscarini and in several other activities.

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Walking in Venice on a ‘marble carpet’

Ancient Venetian floors resemble precious carpets made of marble and stone; the oldest examples with geometrical patterns or allegorical figures can be admired in the churches of Murano, Torcello and San Marco in Venice. Learn about Venetian ‘terrazzo’ and ‘pastellon’ floors, about the marvellous floors in Ca’ D’Oro planned by Baron Franchetti and about the modern floors with mosaics of Carlo Scarpa in the Querini Stampalia Foundation.

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Summit on climate change

The problem of climate change is a very important one for Venice, because it is so strictly connected with the future of the city. At the beginning of March a summit was organized in Venice, regarding such a theme. In addition on the Giudecca island there is an exhibition going on ‘Artico ultima frontiera’, connected with such a subject. If you wish to have an idea of what was discussed and debated, read more…

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