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
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.
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.
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
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.
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…?