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A few of my favorites

There are so many thousands of images of the Madonna all over Venice, both inside churches and museums, and out on the streets in carvings and shrines. Here are a few of my favorites that can be found inside various churches.

This gorgeous and elegant 13th century relief is high up on a wall of the church of San Francesco della Vigna. A marble Veneto-Byzantine relief with traces of gold, it's one of many beautiful works of art in this church.

San Francesco della Vigna

This next one can be found in the church of San Pantalon, in a niche on the wall of the Capella del Santo Chiodo. This chapel houses one of Venice's most-revered relics, a sacred nail used in the Crucifixion. Also 13th century, this statue of the Madonna and Child is alabaster with traces of decoration added a few centuries later. Wonderful crowns on them both! More about San Pantalon coming soon (it's a strange and fascinating church).

San Pantalon

These next two can both be admired in San Giacomo dall'Orio.

The first one is also 13th century, an image in Greek marble of the Virgin Orante. It's tucked away in a niche in the wall behind a large wooden cabinet where the church puts literature for the parishioners; it's easy to miss. I love her and also the bricks surrounding her.

You can't miss the second one though as she's right beside the entrance to the chancel and always has fresh flowers in front of her. She's 14th century, known as "Our Lady of the Annunciation."

San Giacomo dall'Orio

San Giacomo dall'Orio

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Comments (8)


Aren't they lovely. Especially the last one. She looks as though she has just got out of her chair to see Gabriel.

Andrew, thanks - you gave me a "a-ha" moment. I was looking at that chair and thinking that it was unusual, but now it makes sense!

Hope you're doing well and enjoying retirement. I bet you're having fun planning your upcoming trip!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, these are all really cool. I love the crowns on the second photo and found the information about the chapel housing a sacred nail in the crucifixion. I'm looking forward to reading more about this church.

Thanks so much for sharing.


Just noticed the drop spindle in her left hand. She was interrupted doing her spinning!


I really like the last one too, there's just something about it. I'd forgotten about San Pantalon. I remember being there and finding it fascinating, will have to look back at my travel journal and refresh my memory!

Thanks Kathy.

Andrew, another "a-ha" moment...a spindle!

Anne, I keep a travel journal too and refer back to it often!


I think the first is my favourite! The sad expression on Mary's face suggests she knows what is to come.

Hi Sandra, I know that you will be in Venice very soon....can't wait to hear all about it!

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