The Mazzariol Hall: Mario Botta’s reorganization in Palazzo Querini Stampalia

The Mazzariol Hall: Mario Botta’s reorganization in Palazzo Querini Stampalia

The restoration and reorganization by the Swiss architect Mario Botta of a new ‘wing’ in Palazzo Querini Stampalia lasted for nearly 30 years. Botta redesigned the spaces of the homonymous Foundation that managed over the years to buy progressively several buildings on the eastern side of the Renaissance Querini Stampalia Palace.

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the Church of the Madonna dell’Orto in Venice: a shrine of treasures – part one

the Church of the Madonna dell’Orto in Venice: a shrine of treasures – part one

The district of Cannaregio was in the past a buzzing artisanal and mercantile area and has also a lot to offer nowadays. In this post we will focus on the beautiful church of the Madonna dell’Orto and a selected group of artworks by Tintoretto, in order to guide discerning visitors in this shrine of beauty.

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“Pianississimo” and “sospiroso come il Ponte dei Sospiri” – this is how the Museum of Musical Instruments at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory in Palazzo Pisani, Venice, unveils itself

“Pianississimo” and “sospiroso come il Ponte dei Sospiri” – this is how the Museum of Musical Instruments at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory in Palazzo Pisani, Venice, unveils itself

Do you like music? Do you like to see how it is miraculously produced? The Museum of Musical Instruments of the Venice Conservatory displays a number of musical instruments, nice to look at yet more or less mysterious to the non-expert eye. Observing them, though, might open a glimmer of light and, maybe… pierce through darkness…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Professor Giuseppe Jona: a remarkable example of a Venetian citizen during a dark period in the 20th century

Professor Giuseppe Jona: a remarkable example of a Venetian citizen during a dark period in the 20th century

Professor Giuseppe Jona was a remarkable Venetian citizen in a dark period. After having graduated in Medicine at the University of Padua, he worked as a physician at the Venetian hospital, he taught Pathological Anatomy in Padua, he became a Chief Physician in Anatomy and Medicine in Venice, he was President of the Ateneo Veneto and in 1940 President of the Jewish community.

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Presences of Mariano Fortuny Y Madrazo in Venice or ‘le but de ma vie est l’Art’

Presences of Mariano Fortuny Y Madrazo in Venice or ‘le but de ma vie est l’Art’

Mariano Fortuny was a multifaceted versatile talented person and had a vast eclectic culture. He was a fashion and costume designer, an inventor, a photographer with a skilled eye and created many lamps, fabrics and garments. He spent many decades of his life in Venice, in Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei, and purchased a former convent area with garden on the Giudecca island for his factory bringing it back to life

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Campo San Polo in Venice

Campo San Polo in Venice

The urban structure of Venice can be disorientating as it is similar to a true maze of narrow alleys, canals and bridges. However, every street will eventually lead to a wide open space: the campo, the focal point of Venetian communal life. Let us learn more about the history and the functioning of the largest campo in Venice, Campo San Polo

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