Portraits of Venice

Portraits of Venice

Venice has often been a favorite subject for painters, and many artworks in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Ca’ Pesaro depict the floating city. Yet, every artist sees Venice in a different way: here’s a selection of my favorite “portraits of Venice”.

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.

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.