Annie recently posted some beautiful photographs of garden wall Madonnas that she had seen in her many trips to Venice. Her entry reminded me of one of these Madonnas that I saw last October in a quiet campo, named Corte del Volto Santo, located in Cannaregio just off Rio Terrà della Maddalena.
The area around this picturesque corte is known as the Antico Borgo dei Lucchesi (Old Lucchesi District). The unstable political situation in Lucca during the 14th century sent a large number of Lucchesi to many cities in the peninsula, including Venice. This old Lucchesi district is where the artisans and entrepreneurs from Lucca lived and worked their silk craft.
The corte was named after a revered wooden effigy known as Volto Santo (Holy Face) depicting the crucified Christ and contained in the Cathedral of San Martino in Lucca. Medieval tradition attributes the carving of this remarkable image to Nicodemus. The well-head in the corte in Venice is decorated with a carving of the Volto Santo.
A beautiful wall in the corte.
The only business I recall seeing in the corte was the Hotel Eden. In the background, there's the Madonna with Child, high on a ledge and protected from the elements by a metal canopy or umbrella.