On the facade of St Mark’s church there stand four horses in gilded bronze. They are modern reproductions of ancient sculptures looted by Venetians in Constantinople in 1204 and yet, they are more than just faithful replicas, in fact they are works of art of their own
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.