Thursday, April 13, 2017

"Venice Scuola Grande di San Marco" (oil on stretched canvas; 11" x 14")


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Venice is beautiful wherever you look. One of my favorite places in this serenely beautiful city is the Scuola Grande di San Marco. It originally was the home to one of the six major sodalities or Scuole Grandi of Venice. It faces the Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, one of the largest squares in the city. Of course, the square is always packed with people, whom I made disappear magically!

The edifice was built by the Confraternity of San Marco in 1260 to act as its seat. In 1485, however, it was destroyed by a large fire, and rebuilt in the following twenty years. The fa├žade is a masterwork of delicately decorated niches and pilasters and white or polychrome marble statues. It is now a civic hospital.

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