Votive shrines in Venice

Votive shrines in Venice

In Venice there are countless votive shrines that embody local religious worship; they express a feeling of piety that originates in the streets and squares and then embraces the whole city. The shrines tell us stories of joy and pain, of labor and hope, and finally they tell us about the daily life of the people that preceded us on these cobblestone alleyways.

The Partisan at the Museum of Modern Art Ca’ Pesaro in Venice

The Partisan at the Museum of Modern Art Ca’ Pesaro in Venice

At the Museum of Modern Art in Ca’ Pesaro in Venice you can find a very peculiar statue, the Partigiana Veneta (The Partisan) by Leoncillo. In fact there have been three sculptures reminding us of women’s fight against fascism and here you can read their controversial story.

The Salute festivity in Venice

The Salute festivity in Venice

On 21st of November Venetians celebrate their most beloved festivity, Santa Maria della Salute. After the dramatic plague in 1630 an extraordinary church was built. Still today the whole city reverts in a very deeply felt pilgrimage to this spectacular dome, crossing the Grand Canal on a pontoon bridge to thank the Virgin Mary for having saved Venice and to pray for anyone to recover health.

The Doge of Venice Antonio Grimani in the art and history

The Doge of Venice Antonio Grimani in the art and history

Antonio Grimani’s career was controversial. A capable merchant, he obtained a considerable wealth to be then cast aside and be banished from Venice, to turn then powerful again and reach the highest position in political life in Venice as Doge. We can retrace his ups and downs in life in the wonderful painting by Titian and in the palace of the his famous nephew, Patriarch Giovanni Grimani, today a great State museum.