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The apotheosis of the art: journey to Venice
Venice is a casket rich in art and wonders. A visit foretells different days and numerous paths. Then, there were privileged three of its magnificent monuments. It is impossible to not start from the Saint Marco’s Basilica.
Proud example of Romanic- Byzantine style, with a five dome’s covering, it was at the beginning (Xth century) built to preserve the body of the evangelist Marc. The façade, on which you open five doors, is decorated by precious marbles and Mosaics and divided into two parts from a terrace, on which stay the gilt copper Four Horses sent from Costantinopoli to the duke Enrico Dandolo in 1204 (copies of the originals preserved inside).
Splendid the mosaics of the entrance telling histories of the Bible. The imposing inner part, at Greek cross, is rich in paintings and sculptures. Particularly interesting are the Mosaics from the Venice-Bizantyne origin, in part rebuilt on the Tiziano, Tintoretto and Veronese’s papers. The Tower Bell, near the Basilica, once was a light for the sailings. At its feet, a sixteenth century small loggia, J. Sansovino’s work.
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Once called Ca’Grande, erected between the 1236 and the 1338 thanks to the Minor Conventual Francescani Brothers, it was rebuilt in the XIVth century in majestic shapes and in the gothic-Franciscan style, with three naves and seven apsidal chapels. The imposing tower bell from the fourteenth century in terracotta is one of the highest in Venice. The Basilica is one of the most important holy buildings for the richness of the works of art it hosts. The inner part, with a Latin-cross plan, presents in fact precious paintings, between them one of the masterpieces of the Tiziano’s maturity, the “Pala dell’Assunta” (1516-1518), painted by the artist for the high altar. Other works to consider are the Virgin’s and Saints’ Trilogy from Giovanni Bellini (1488), located in the Pesaro’s Chapel of the sacristy and considered one of the Venice painting’s masterpieces from the ‘400, and the Saint Giovanni Battista’s wooden statue from Donatello.
The Basilica of Health’s Saint Mary was projected by Baldassare Longhena, paying attention to the Palladio’s models, and is one of the best expressions of baroque-Venice architecture. Its construction represents an ex-vow to the Virgin Mary from Venice people in occasion of the liberation, from the plague that decimated the people between the 1630 and the 1631. The façade has a majestic door with four highest Corinthian columns. The central build has an octagonal shape where there is a big hemispheric dome, then surrounded by six minor chapels. You see the Virgin Mary’s statue on the lantern. Inside the sculptural group on the altar represents a Virgin Mary with her child, showing the Health that defends Venice from the plague. The altar preserves a Byzantine icon, the Health’s Virgin Mary or Mesopanditissa, coming from Crete. In the side chapels, you find Luca Giordano’s paintings and the Holy Spirit’s Movement from Tiziano (1555).
Fava beans from Venice
: typical dessert from Venice, sold in the patisseries during November, month traditionally devoted to the dead people’s commemoration. They are rounding sweets, big as a nut, produced with white almonds, pine nuts, refined sugar, egg-white, colouring agents.
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