Entries from Churches in Venice tagged with 'Scultura Esterna'

PhotoHunt: Water

A charming piece of street art in Venice showing The Baptism of Christ. I love how the artist carved those squiggly lines to represent the water. This carving is very small and can be found above the entrance to a...

PhotoHunt: Fruit

Clementines are one of my favorite winter fruits. These were for sale on the green grocer barge close to San Barnaba in Venice. Also in Venice, a relief with five pomegranates (another favorite fruit in the winter time)~ I think...

PhotoHunt: Books

A weather-beaten saint holding a book in his right hand~ My guess is that this is St. James (San Giacomo) since he's holding a staff in his other hand and because he's over the small door adjacent to the entrance...

Feast of the Annunciation

Today (March 25) is the Feast of the Annunciation which celebrates Archangel Gabriel's visit to Mary, bringing her a lily and the news that in nine months, she would give birth to Jesus. And legend has it that March 25...

F is for Faces

A couple of years ago, I posted some photos of the Faces of Venice and since this is "F" week, I thought I'd share some more. Some of these might be familiar if you've been to Venice before. Some of...

E is for Emperor

There are thousands of pieces of art on the streets of Venice (“scultura esterna” means “outdoor sculpture"), and this emperor is one of the most interesting and also most mysterious. Everyone agrees that he’s a Byzantine emperor but which one?...

Collections

As I said when I first started this blog, I "collect" church visits and photos of street shrines in Venice. Those are still my main focus (along with cat sightings) but along the way, I've managed to put together a...

Madonna of the Gondoliers, part two

This is a fascinating mystery. Far from San Marco, on a building in a quiet residential section of Giudecca, is this relief which shows an image of the Ponte della Paglia shrine, Madonna of the Gondoliers, along with the prow...

PhotoHunt: Missing/Missed

This week's PhotoHunt 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...

What's Going On?

"There's something happening here What it is ain't exactly clear..." I love a good mystery and of course, Venice is full of them. Bert of VDP and I have been emailing about this shrine and as Bert noted, we have...

PhotoHunt: Hands

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Hands." A few carved-in-stone hands seen on the streets of Venice. I was surprised how many of these I had. We did this theme a couple of years ago; my first take on this...

For Palisandre

Earlier this year, I received a nice comment on my San Zaccaria post from fellow lover of Venice, Palisandre, who asked if I had a close-up of the Madonna above the portal that leads into Campo San Zaccaria. I had...

St. George and the Dragon

There are images of San Giorgio and the dragon all over Venice; here are a couple you can find outdoors on the streets. As far as I know, this is the only shrine honoring this hero saint. One of the...

PhotoHunt: Memorial

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Memorial." One from Venice and one from North Carolina this week. This memorial relief says "Ai Caduti di Tutte le Guerre" which translates to "For the Victims of All Wars." There are outdoor sculptures...

Lost but Found (Sior Antonio Rioba)

The big news from Venice this week is the misfortune that fell upon Sior Antonio Rioba. The head of this iconic Venetian statue was removed and stolen but then recovered. The blog Venice from Beyond the Bridge has a...

Faces of Venice

On yesterday's post, blog friend LB left a comment saying, "I love the many faces of Venice!" which inspired me to scroll through my photos and find a few more. These sculptures of faces are all over the city -...

San Trovaso guardian

Another scary face guarding the entrance to a bell tower, this one is truly creepy. He's found over the door to the campanile of the church of San Trovaso in Dorsoduro, and supposedly he keeps away any evil spirits who...

Patron Saint of Tailors

A relief dated 1511 on the facade of what used to be a hospice for poor tailors in Cannaregio. To the right of the Blessed Virgin and Child is Santa Barbara, holding the tower that her evil pagan father...

Madonna con Bambino

On a building somewhere in Dorsoduro~ Above the entrance to Santa Maria dei Miracoli, this one has a squirming baby Jesus~ In Castello, not far from the one I posted a few days ago on Calle del Forno~...

Madonna of Calle del Forno

There are countless images of the Madonna all over Venice, both inside churches and museums and also out on the streets, inside shrines, and on buildings. So many beautiful ones but this rustic relief of the Madonna dell’Umilta is...

The Stones of Torcello

There's so much cool stuff to see and photograph on Torcello. The stone chair above is called The Throne of Attilla because of a legend that it belonged to Attilla the Hun, whose rampage through the mainland drove the...

Santa Fosca

This is the smaller of the two churches that remain on Torcello and was built in the 11th century to house the body of the third-century virgin martyr saint, whose body and that of her nurse and fellow martyr,...

San Magno and his eight churches

Sometimes I like legends better than facts especially when it comes to Venice and its churches. I tend to snooze a bit when I read long architectural descriptions but perk right up when a story comes along especially a...

PhotoHunt: Book(s)

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Book(s). I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has for this theme. I've got one from Venice and one from North Carolina. First up, Venice - a marble relief of an angel holding...

Corte Sant' Andrea

A pretty little corte in the sestiere of San Marco with a vera da pozzo used as a planter. The corte is named for a demolished church, Sant' Andrea della Certosa (or Sant' Andrea of the Lido), that was out...

PhotoHunt: Nautical

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "nautical." Not the easiest theme in the world this week. I don't have any photos of sailors! But luckily I had this nautical relief that I saw on the island of Torcello in the...

Pomegranates

I found this relief with pomegranates next to a blue door near the newly rebuilt La Fenice opera house in San Marco. Pomegranates are in season right now, and I’ve been eating them in yogurt everyday for breakfast. A...

Scuola dei Calegheri

Across the campo from the church of San Toma is the gothic Scuola dei Calegheri (Guild of the Cobblers or Shoe-makers). There’s another beautiful Madonna della Misericordia relief on the façade of the scuola and below that, a lunette over...

San Toma

No longer open to the public, this church is worth visiting anyway just because this neighborhood is so nice and also to see the beautiful relief of the Madonna on the outside of the church. The church is dedicated...

Annunciation shrine

This lovely 17th century Annunciation relief is over a door on a house next to Ponte Cavallo, the bridge in front of the church of San Zanipolo. It'd be nice to see this every time you came home....

PhotoHunt: What IS that???

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "What IS that?" What do you think? Continue reading for one theory......

Madonna and Child with St. Peter

This beautiful marble tabernacle, showing the Madonna with Child Giving the Keys to St. Peter, is in eastern Castello on Fondamenta Quintavalle, on the way to the church of San Pietro di Castello. It’s an early 15th century work...

Angel with Veneto-Byzantine Arch

Another one of my favorite street angels, this one is over the door to Palazzo Contarini del Ferro, not far from the former church of Santa Guistina in Castello....

Angel with porcupines

One of the things that makes Venice so magical for me are all of the “right place, right time” and “kindness of strangers” experiences I have when I’m there. I spent the first three days of my trip roaming...