I was SO excited when I stumbled across this shrine. I’d seen a photo of it in “I Capitelli di Venezia” and knew it was somewhere in the hospital complex but had no idea where. What a great shrine. It’s modern, of course, dated 1983, and is an image of the Madonna Barcarola who protects boatmen and sailors under her mantle, according to the Capitelli book, which makes her a relative of the Madonna della Misericordia, I guess?
The book doesn’t identify the artist but does say that it’s a fresco. It almost looks like it was done with colored chalk by a precocious child. It's just so funky - I love it!
There are words on the wall next to the shrine. Barcarola is a Venetian folk song sung by gondoliers; according to Wikipedia: “characterized by a rhythm reminiscent of the gondolier's stroke, almost invariably a moderate tempo 6/8 meter.”
Maybe these are lyrics to one of these folk songs. I ran it through Google translate but couldn’t get a complete English version probably because it’s Venetian dialect. I'll put it here in case anyone who knows Venetian comes along. :)
Che L'onda Frola...
Col to Sial Straca La Bora,
Co Le to Bele Man
Caressa El Bogio De Mar.
Ch'el Marubio Te Stara' Lontan.