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May 3, 2011

Corte 11 Settembre 2001

I stumbled across this corte when I was wandering around Burano. It's very touching that they chose to remember 9/11 this way.

It's a quiet little corte and no one was around except for a cute little tabby cat.


Corte 11 Settembre 2001


Corte 11 Settembre 2001


Corte 11 Settembre 2001

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May 11, 2011

Riflessi in acqua alta

A little bit of acqua alta in the Rialto market area. Not bad enough to require boots but enough to catch some beautiful reflections. I was standing in front of the little church of San Giacometto when I took these.

I've been swamped at work lately but can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hope to start blogging more regularly as soon as things calm down. Hope everyone is well!


riflessi

The campanile reflected in this one belongs to the church of San Giovanni Elemosinario.

riflessi

May 13, 2011

PhotoHunt: Missing/Missed

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This week's theme is "Missing or Missed."

A beautiful 16th century relief in Venice that shows the Madonna and Child with saints Chrisopher and Rocco. Sadly, San Rocco is missing his head. You can click on the photo to see it larger, on Flickr.

This relief is over the entrance to a convent founded in 1427. In 1649, the nuns built a small church called Santa Maria del Rosario. I missed seeing that church since it was demolished in 1810.

And finally, I have a feeling that some of my fellow photohunters will miss this week's hunt since Blogger has had a meltdown. I hope it's fixed soon!


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May 19, 2011

Fondaco dei Tedeschi

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Up until recently, this palazzo housed Venice's post office. When I was there in November, the post office had moved and the place was closed, but I heard that it had been purchased by Benetton.

A recent NY Times article called "Venice Reclaimed" reveals the plans:

"The Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a giant 13th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge, caught the eye of the Benetton Group, whose owners have a long history in the Veneto. The company has commissioned Rem Koolhaas’s OMA to create a department store and cultural hub with boutiques, a rooftop terrace overlooking the Grand Canal, and rotating film, architecture and design exhibitions, along with musical performances."

Hmmm. The rooftop terrace might be cool. Every time I pass this palazzo, I think about the fact that it used to be completely covered with frescoes by Giorgione and Titian. They were mostly destroyed by the elements, but there are some fragments in the Galleria Franchetti (the museum in Ca' d'Oro).

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May 20, 2011

PhotoHunt: Cluttered

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This week's theme is "Cluttered."

This is a work of art at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. From a distance, it looks kinda cluttered. But when you move closer, you see that it's a bunch of little faces, 277 of them and no two alike. I think it's very cool. The name of the piece is "Congregation" and the artist is Ledelle Moe.


Congregation by Ledelle Moe


Congregation (detail)


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