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October 1, 2010

PhotoHunt: Letters


This week's theme is "Letters."

Letters on a sign in a garden outside an elementary school, which is a place where little kids learn their letters. I like the rather Zen message...


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October 2, 2010

Shrine with Crucifix


A fascinating shrine in Dorsoduro, close to the church of Angelo Raffaele. The large and ornate tabernacle houses a 15th century painted wooden crucifix which had been hanging on this wall unprotected for centuries (the tabernacle was added in the mid 19th century). The shrine was restored by the Knights of San Marco in 1983 and then again more recently by Venice in Peril. I'd love to know the story of the crucifix and why it was outside and not inside the church.


October 3, 2010

San Giorgio degli Schiavoni


Whenever anyone asks me about “must see” places in my favorite city, I always mention this little church, one of a handful of places that I never skip when I’m there. It’s truly one of the magical spots of Venice, with a cycle of paintings that remains amazing no matter how many times I see it.

Jan Morris writes in The World of Venice:

“Nothing anywhere is more piquantly charming than the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, which Carpaccio decorated long ago, with a small series of masterpieces. It is no bigger than your garage, and its four walls positively smile with the genius of this delightful painter, the only Venetian artist with a sense of humor.”

Most guidebooks identify this place as a scuola, which it is, but it’s also a church. For a while, I thought it was a former church but the last time I was there, the nice fellow selling tickets told me that it’s still a consecrated church that celebrates Mass a few times a year.

The scuola/church was founded in 1461 by Dalmatian merchants and sailors living in Venice, men from the east coast of the Adriatic in what is now Croatia. The confraternity commissioned Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio to decorate their building with the narrative painting cycle that’s still there today. Carpaccio painted these works in 1502-9, right before the Venetian Renaissance, and for centuries, art critics more or less ignored him, labeling his work as naïve or primitive magical realism of little worth in comparison with Titian and Veronese. Most art historians credit good old John Ruskin for reminding the world about Carpaccio’s genius in the 19th century.

The Roman bell tower on the side of the building with a row of pigeons in front of it~


This painting below, by American artist Joseph Lindon Smith, shows the lower hall of San Giorgio degli Schiavoni with what looks like two characters from the paintings themselves admiring the Carpaccio cycle.


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October 6, 2010


Another shrine close to the church of Angelo Raffaele in Dorsoduro. I love the contrast of the deep blue with that brick wall.



October 7, 2010


I could have used this shrine for last week's "Letters" PhotoHunt but I didn't think about it until after I saw TrekCapri's cool photo from the Poste Vaticane.


It's a lovely shrine in Corte dei Preti, not far from the church of San Pietro di Castello. I love the tree!


October 8, 2010

PhotoHunt: Stripes


This week's theme is "Stripes."

I'm glad this theme got repeated. Last time, I showed a boat pole in a Venice canal and a barber shop pole here in NC.

This time, I've got this huge painting by American artist Frank Stella. It's called "Ragga II" and hangs in the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. The stripes and the colors (along with the size) make quite an impact.


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October 13, 2010



The Spritz, a Venetian Staple, is Welcomed Abroad

Here's an article from last week's New York Times about the classic Venetian drink, the Spritz, which seems to be catching on around the world. I'd never had one (or even heard of them) until I went to Venice.

The amazing thing about a spritz is that it's a drink for all seasons....it's refreshing in hot weather and warms you up in the winter. The article also includes a recipe and this funny quote:

“There’s a saying in Venice,” Mr. Lo Duca said, “that bars and churches never go out of business here.” :)

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October 15, 2010

PhotoHunt: Miniature


This week's theme is "Miniature."

I've written about this place before but had more photos. Plus, it's just the coolest miniature thing in my archives. It's Shangri-la, a little stone folk art village in Prospect Hill, NC.


There's a miniature stone church~


And even a miniature outhouse~


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October 22, 2010

PhotoHunt: Orange


This week's theme is "Orange."

This is the third time I've done the orange theme but that's okay, as I seem to have taken lots of photos of orange things. These are both from Venice.

Palazzo on the Grand Canal~

Grand Canal

And a canal on the island of Burano~


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October 27, 2010

Thank you Bert!


Thanks so much to my blog friend and fellow lover of Venice for sending this beautiful photo and allowing me to post it on the blog. I love seeing photos of shrines I haven't found yet, and this is a nice one with a particularly exuberant baby Jesus.

Bert noted the inscription on the bottom of the icon - "Lady Layard fece regalo" or Gift of Lady Layard, a British noblewoman who lived in Venice from 1883 until her death in 1912. She was married to Sir Henry Layard, an archeologist and later a diplomat. The NY Times article about her death focuses on the huge collection of Italian paintings the Layards bequeathed to the National Gallery in London; another vintage article talks about how the Italians tried to prevent this "magnificent collection" from leaving Italy. Seems that the Italians lost that fight as about 80 paintings from the Layard Bequest are in London now.

The shrine is in Calle del Magazen o del Bastion, San Polo 2029. I’m looking forward to seeing it in person the next time I’m in Venice. Thanks Bert!

October 29, 2010

PhotoHunt: Dark


This week's theme is "Dark."

How lucky that I live with a black cat for this Halloween weekend theme.

Dark fur, bright bright spirit. :)

Baby boy

Crazy eyes

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