Sunday, March 16, 2008

Too much Venice.

Here is Clayton mimicking the local police. Always a bad idea.
Here is Clayton looking at ties. He bought the yellow and white striped one for his souvenier.

More canals. All amazing.

Here we are on the deck at the Peggy Guggenheim museum of modern art. It is on the Grand Canal and has some of the best views of the area. It used to be her home and a lot of the art work you see there is hanging where she put it. She was a major player in the modern art scene of the first half of the twentieth century. Her gallery houses works from Rothko, Kandinsky, Picasso, Ernst, Magritte Calder, Miro and dozens of others. Oh, and she is buried there with 12 or so of her dogs.

Another canal.
This is The Martyrdom and Apotheosis of St Pantalon by Gian Antonio Fumiani. He should be more famous. It is a massive painted canvas hung on the ceiling of the church of San Pantalon. It's an amazing example of trompe-l'oeil, and I think it is more impressive than the Sistine Chapel, but that is only my opinion. The illegal picture I took (no flash, don't worry) doesn't do it justice. I've looked for an image online and haven't found one yet. If you are really interested it is almost always in art books that cover the Baroque period.

Clayton on the Accademia bridge over the great canal.

Same bridge, other side.
This is my favorite shot I took. Sadly I can't turn it for this site yet. I left it for the end so as not to annoy everyone. Sorry this blog was a bit of a history lesson, but I hope you learned something. And I hope that something isn't: "Never read this blog again."


Kirsten J said...

So cool! Looks like fun. We will be putting away the equivalent of our rent for the next year for the opportunity to see Europe next year so this was a fantastic inspiration. Yes it will be worth it! It will! Steer clear of the mall!

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