Canaletto, Tiepolo and the artists of 18th century Venice

A rich exhibition of 18thcentury Venetian art will bring you closer the light and gentle spirit of the Rococo.

Masterpieces by great artists like Canaletto and Tiepolo dominates in the rooms; you can admire the bright pastel palette of Tiepolo and the cityscapes full of air and light of Canaletto. You can indulge on details that show daily life in the 18thcentury in the vedute and be captivated by the sensuousness of the figures in mythological stories. 

I suggest you to look at the visionary power of the works of Giambattista Piazzetta, an artist that modeled his figures with a very strong chiaroscuro and gave them enigmatic attitudes.

Venice in the 18thcentury was still a rich capital; its inhabitants were used to luxury and elegance and all those who could afford artworks kept commissioning paintings for their private homes as well as a donation for churches and confraternities. As a result, the artistic practice was very widespread. Even the minor artist had such mastery that their works are of high quality.

If you are in Venice, don’t miss the exhibition held in the Doge’s Palace. Until June 9th.

Open 7/7.


Ketzerisches Venedig

Ketzerisches Venedig. Zwischen Reformation und Inquisition. München, 2018, Claudius V.

Venedig war die größte Stadt über die Alpen, wo man über die neuen Ideen von Luther diskutieren konnte. Die Regierung war zwar katholisch aber in der reichen Hauptstadt war eine gewisse Toleranz üblich

Die Venezianer waren eine gebildete Gesellschaft, die Interesse hatte, für alles was Neues war. In Venedig wohnten Orthodoxen, Armenier, Juden und manche Moslimen: Menschen aus verschiedener Herkunft, Sprache, mit anderen Gewohnheiten, anderen Esskulturen. Handelsbeziehungen und Nachbarschaft brachten die viele Gemeinschaften nah.

Die Präsenz einer zahlreichen deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft, die Druckindustrie, die Stärke der neuen Doktrin und einer gewissen Freiheit der Diskussionen zogen viele Denker in die Stadt. Manche nannte sie “das neue Genf”. Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts wurde die Regierung das Inquisitionsgericht wieder im Gang stellen und solchen freien Debatten ein Ende setzen.

Dieses Führer stellt jene Orte vor, wo Künstler, Handwerkern, Patrizier, Intellektuellen oder das einfache Volk heftig die neue lutherische Botschaft diskutierten. Es erinnert an die ersten mutigen Schritte zur Freiheit des Denkens.

Text: Cristina Gregorin; Fotos: Norbert Heyl

Claudius Verlag, 2018

Aus dem Venedigplan von Jacopo de’ Barbari. Außerordentliche detailtreue Wiedergabe von Venedig im Jahr 1500
Die Arkaden in Rialto, wo vor allem Goldschmiede und Juweliere über Luthers Doktrin diskutierten

Venice survival kit

I’m happy to share a very useful set of information and tips for our many visitors! The handbook has been elaborated by my friends of the Gruppo 25 aprile: “a group of venetians, “native” and not (venetians by choice, in all cases) (…) now risk being forced out of our environment (…) because of the cost of living and the lack of appropriate job opportunities.”
As we Venetians are pleased to have you as visitor in our magnificent city, full of art treasures and with a long and extraordinary history, we’d love to prevent you from being cheated.
These information have been conceived especially for the time of Carnival but they are useful all year round.
One more tip from me before you go ahead with reading this very well done handbook: The best and reliable guidebook about eating in Venice is by Michela Scibilia “Venezia, osterie e dintorni” that you can download also in english as an app: Tap Venice Eating.
Needless to say we’d also help each other, residents and visitors… we’d warmly appreciate if you don’t stop on the bridges blocking the people behind you 🙂
Welcome to Venice! A city to enjoy and respect.

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Santa Maria dei Miracoli: a Jewel Box


Santa Maria dei Miracoli. Foto credit:

Ezra Pound called it a ‘jewel box’; today it is one of the most popular churches to celebrate a wedding.The Miracoli church is an intimate and at the same time spectacular hidden shrine of Venice.

Dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, but called by everyone Our Lady of the Miracles because of a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary standing above the main altar, this late 15th century church is a symbol of the Venice of that time: rich, with a sophisticated sense of beauty, proud to carry on the classical legacy of the antique world, and proud of its very miracle: to stand on the water, like the church itself.

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The Treasures of the Doge – A new Itinerary in the Doge’s Palace


If someone was thinking that the Doge’s Palace of Venice with its lavishing gilt ceilings, its great masterpieces by Veronese and Tiepolo and hundreds of years of history visible on its many paintings was not attractive enough, now there is a new reason to visit it.

Doge's Palace

Giant’s Staircase

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The Jews of Venice and the Ghetto

18th century banker; possibly Jewish banks must have looked just the same.

18th century banker; Jewish banks must have looked just the same.

In the 17th and 18th century the Jews of Venice were a rich and flourishing community.
Officially, they could work only as money lender, have pawn-shops or deal with second hand clothes and furnishing, but then of which quality! Sir Wotton, an English nobleman who lived in Venice, bought furniture, fabrics, carpets, chandeliers and other various objects in the Jewish Ghetto. Even most of the decorations for the golden boat of the Doge, the Bucintoro, came from the Jewish shops.

Grevembroch Jewish Peddler

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An architectural Walk: the Giudecca Island in Venice

Cino Zucchi

Cino Zucchi

People often think that Venice is a city where history has stopped with the fall of the Republic; a city that has not been touched by modernity .

On the contrary throughout the 19th and 20th century there have been intensive discussions on new urban plans that would help to develop the economy; thousands of buildings were pulled down and reconstructed in new forms.

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Venice is not a postcard. Its long history is worth to be discovered.

SONY DSC You are visiting the most famous cities in Italy: Rome, Florence, Venice. You don’t want to waste time to see another Madonna, another Crucifixion or another gilded table. All what you have always known about Italy is that there is good food, a trendy life-style and old traditions and this is what is worth to see. Right?
Yes and no.

Sure we have good food, fashion, design, cafès and lots of interesting traditions but we are all well aware that what we have in the present developed from the past. When Italians go and visit other Italian cities they are very curious about the history and the art of the place, and they do go in museums in order to know more about it.

, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia
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Last tips for your Christmas in Venice


Francesco Ardini Photo credit: Ohmyblue

For those who are in Venice over Christmas, here you have a few last minute shopping tips (but they will be good also if you plan to come later in the season)

Design objects, bags, fashion jewelry and fashion… here my favorite shops

Gualti between campo San Barnaba and campo Santa Margherita in Rio Terà Canal.


Photo credit: Gualti

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