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The “Miracle of the Slave” by Jacopo Tintoretto: an absolute Masterpiece
Tintoretto was one of the most important painters of the Venetian Renaissance. He produced lots of works of art both for churches and for Scuole Grandi (Great Schools).
At the Gallerie dell’Accademia one of his masterpieces is displayed. Originally painted for the Scuola Grande di San Marco, the ‘Miracle of the Slave’ was completed in 1548 and it was a real and complete revolution from the artistic point of view: colors, figures, diagonals and much more. Let’s discover it together reading the following post.
Venice, an odyssey: hope, anger and the future of cities
Cristina Gregorin reviews the book by Neal E. Robbins “Venice. An odyssey. Hope, Anger and the Future of the city”, a text that well describes the difficulties of a city that is emblematic for many other historic cities, caught between the tourism industry and its fragility.
Isabella Canali Andreini and the job of acting
Isabella Canali Andreini was the one who really started the profession of actress, ennobling this often discredited and opposed profession. Besides, her name, Isabella, coincides with a specific character of the Commedia dell’Arte, that of the “Innamorata” or “l’Amorosa”, such was her skill in giving depth and credibility to the characters she played on stage.
City views and natural landscape in the background of some Venetian paintings
In Venetian paintings you will find interesting backgrounds, which sometimes fascinate almost as much as the main scene: the lagoon, St Mark’s square, the Veneto mainland with its hills or Dolomites appear as true paintings in the painting!
Pietro Piffetti, the Savoy royal cabinet-maker and his writing desk in Ca’ Rezzonico in Venice
A beautiful Piedmont writing desk by the cabinet-maker Pietro Piffetti dominates the Lazzarini room on the first floor. This writing desk was made of burr walnut wood, with precious exotic woods and embellished with ivory and tortoise shell inlays
In Venice with Kids: how is Venice built?
Hey kids! Are you looking for an adventure to experience in Venice? Why don’t you join us in one of our special tours for families?
Take a look at this blog post by our Best Venice Guide Monica Gambarotto: you can have an example of our programs that we have projected for you. It will be a lot of fun for the whole family! Join us in our adventures!
the Barovier Cup of the Glass Museum in Murano
The most famous piece of glass displayed in the Glass Museum in Murano is the blue Barovier Cup decorated in the late 15th century. What do the enamel paintings and golden decorations of ladies riding horses and bathing in a fountain and the portrait of a couple mean?
Tours in Venice for the blind and visually impaired visitors: the Carnival tour
A guided tour in Venice for blind or visually impaired visitors: let’s explore the world of the 18th century in Venice, in particular through the tradition of the mask in papier-mâché and chocolate, a drink that became quite popular, albeit quite expensive, exactly in those years. We will visit a workshop where masks are made and then enjoy a chocolate tasting in an artisanal laboratory.
El Scaleter or the art of making pastry
Among the many wonders of Venice there are certainly its pasticcerie – patisseries , all highly appreciated for their history and above all the quality of their delicacies. El scaleter is an old Venetian term, which can be translated as pastry chef, since the scaleteri made and sold all sorts of pastries and sweets.
Tours in Venice for the blind and visually impaired visitors: the Boat tour
A guided tour in Venice for blind or visually impaired visitors: rowing in Venice is a very lively tradition. In the Venetian canals and in the lagoon you can find different kinds of traditional boats and this tour offers the opportunity to understand their characteristics, from the oars to the oarlocks as well as trying to row, face-forward and standing!
My college in Venice: “Marco Foscarini”
Several years have passed since I finished high school. Women customarily never say how old they are, so I will not tell you what year it was! Suffice it to say it was not a century ago! I lived on the island of Lido at that time and I attended Marco Foscarini College, section A, in the Cannaregio district of Venice
Caterina Cornaro, a Queen in Venice
When telling the history of Venice, women have always remained a bit in the background. However, there is a woman who played a fundamental role in the history of the most Serene Republic. This is the amazing story of Caterina Cornaro, the queen of Cyprus who abdicated the throne for the sake of Venice.
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