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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…?
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
Venice is a marvelous and unique city. Learn about the secret corners of Venice, about its jewels hidden in the maze of narrow streets, about the places that most of the tourists want to discover just by standing on a roof top terrace.
the Golden Altarpiece, Pala d’Oro, right behind the main altar of St. Mark’s Basilica, is one of the most impressing and spectacular ‘jewels’. Learn more about the amazing history, the religious themes and the enamel technique.
the Tuscan poet Aretino defined in a letter of 1537 to Sansovino the Scuola Grande della Misericordia as the “corintha machina“. This amazing former confraternity reopened a few years ago its doors after a successful long and expensive restoration
History of a Venetian palace and of the Armenian community that has been present in Venice for centuries.
A visit to the palace is a perfect start on an unusual itinerary in search of Armenian traces in Venice.
First of all, don’t freak out! High tide in Venice is a natural phenomenon that always happened in the city. Venetians are used to it and we are prepared!! The flooding season is usually in winter, from October to March.
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.