the Church of the Madonna dell’Orto in Venice – part two

the Church of the Madonna dell’Orto in Venice – part two

The Church of the Madonna dell’Orto is a real shire of treasures and particularly celebrates a Venetian Renaissance genius: Tintoretto. In this post you can read about some of the most impressive artworks Tintoretto produced in his carrier like The Last Judgment and Moses receiving the Tablets of the Law, and about his burial place.

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Carlo Rezzonico: a Venetian bishop who became Pope!

Carlo Rezzonico: a Venetian bishop who became Pope!

Carlo Rezzonico was a distinguished Venetian who became Pope Clemens XIII in 1758. He left to Venice an amazing Palace facing the Grand Canal, which serves today as the 18th century Museum

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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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Discovering Querini Stampalia Palace in Venice

Discovering Querini Stampalia Palace in Venice

We begin our journey into the past by entering the Querini Stampalia Palace from Campo Santa Maria Formosa. Once you cross the threshold, what immediately strikes you is the atmosphere of calm and tranquillity, the same that will characterize all rooms.

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Querini Stampalia Palace in Venice

Querini Stampalia Palace in Venice

We want to start a journey into the past through the enchanting rooms of the Querini Stampalia Foundation museum. A journey to discover every single detail which – for centuries – has characterized the life of the noble Querini family, and now we can admire in its stunning evidence

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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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Why you get lost in Venice: a praise to wanderings

Why you get lost in Venice: a praise to wanderings

Is there a reason why everyone in Venice gets lost? Cruelty or sense of humour of the ones that built the city? And how can you find your way in Venice? Trusting your smartphone and GPS navigator? Asking directions? Or simply follow the people along some busy streets? Or planning carefully all details…?

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The grotesques of Palazzo Grimani in Venice

The grotesques of Palazzo Grimani in Venice

One of the most striking features of Palazzo Grimani (metterei il tag del museo) are its frescoed ceilings, painted by Giovanni da Udine and Camillo Mantovano with mythological stories, natural elements and many “grotesques”. But what are grotesques? Let’s explore their fascinating history, from antiquity to Palazzo Grimani

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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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Campo Sant’Angelo

Campo Sant’Angelo

The campo in Venice has always been the centre of communal life: the place where you can meet people, where children play, the site of a market, with its church and the bell tower. Learn more about the functioning of Campo Sant’Angelo in Venice, curiosities and historical notes

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American and English art and glass collectors in Venice in the 19th Century

American and English art and glass collectors in Venice in the 19th Century

During the 19th Century American and English collectors fell in love with Venice and decided to live in their palaces along the Grand Canal. Many of these visitors started a collection of Venetian art pieces and handicraft objects like glasses, velvet and damask, but also paintings of important old Venetian masters.

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What is the Biennale?

What is the Biennale?

Challenging and thrilling! What else but the Biennale? Every two years in Venice, this international contemporary visual art exhibition is a not to miss! Find out here some key information why the Biennale is worth visiting!

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Adam, Eve and Mars: the three Statues by Antonio Rizzo in the Doge’s Palace

Adam, Eve and Mars: the three Statues by Antonio Rizzo in the Doge’s Palace

Venice is very rich in works of art: because of the special site where it was founded, these works have to be restored and cleaned accurately, most of all if they are made of Carrara marble, the marble of the best quality, used by Michelangelo for his masterpieces. Three statues made by Antonio Rizzo, a very important artist of the Renaissance period have just been restored by VENETIAN HERITAGE and the archistar Peter Marino.

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Ancient Roman inscriptions in Venice

Ancient Roman inscriptions in Venice

Ancient inscriptions in Venice: only the most attentive visitor will spot the hundreds of small bass-relieves and inscriptions inserted in the buildings’ masonry. Among the most ancient one we can count a certain number of epigraphs in Latin language: they have always been an enigma for historians and archaeologists.

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The Discalced Carmelites in Venice and their garden

The Discalced Carmelites in Venice and their garden

Ever since the Discalced Carmelites settled in the place they still inhabit in Venice, they enjoyed a garden that remains unique and precious to this day. It is unique due to the large quantity of medical herbs grown there and from the point of view of design, which is symbolic, allegorical and “mystical”.

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