Driving to Saint Mark’s Square?

Driving to Saint Mark’s Square?

Today we laugh at the visitors who think you can get to St. Mark’s Square by car or by bus, but this was not such a strange idea for the engineers of the late 19th century who were trying to transform Venice in a “modern” city: let’s have a look at some projects aimed at making the lagoon city suitable for vehicles.

Celestial harmonies: musical instruments in Venetian paintings currently on display at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice

Celestial harmonies: musical instruments in Venetian paintings currently on display at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice

Music almost dates back to the time men and women first appeared on Earth, but it is only in Medieval times that paintings started suggesting Heaven was even more beautiful with angel musicians playing music. At the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, we can see how ancient instruments (for which paintings often provide rare testimonies) were originally only played by angels, followed by brothers during processions and religious festivities and later also by poets or simple musicians.

Venice and its Jewels: Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei – Fortuny

Venice and its Jewels: Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei – Fortuny

Mariano Fortuny was an eclectic genius of the early 1900’s: he was a painter and a scenographer, he was interested in light effects, in theater, in costumes and fabric… he designed fabulous dresses and robes, printing the fabric with unique patterns through the use of original woodcuts, and invented a particular technique to create thin folds in silk cloth.