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The Enduring Traditions of Venice

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Venetian streets are filled with historic mementos that are a  testament to its status as one of Italy’s most remarkable cities.  Each artistic wonder and long-standing tradition comes with a  story imbued with the triumph and passion that continue to  entice tourists to this maritime republic.  - 

 

Venetian masks

 

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own  person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the  truth.” – Oscar Wilde.  From the thirteenth century until 1797, the tradition  of Venetian masks reflected Wilde’s notion of  concealed identity. During this period, the Veneto  Republic upheld its reputation as one of the wealthiest  regions in Italy. Venetian masks were luxuries that  allowed citizens to choose their own identities, despite  their social standings.      

                

The Horses of St. Mark 

 

Made of gilded copper, the Horses of St. Mark, also  called the Quadriga, stand tall atop San Marco  Basilica. Acquired by the Republic of Venice in 1204  after Western European armies ransacked Constantinople,  the four life-sized horses are constant  reminders of Venice’s global connections. “To me, the  horses are both a symbol of Venice and of the violence  of history,” says Pietro Giordan, Chair of the  Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics  at York University. “Since Venice played the role of  cultural bridge between Europe and the Middle East,  the horses represent that kind of (close) otherness  that played such an important role in the construction  of Venetian culture.”        

          

And part of this culture remains within the transient  history of the Quadriga; the horses were taken to  Paris from Venice under Napoleon’s reign, and then  repatriated to Italy in 1815. From the First World War  to the next, the horses were protected in various parts  of Italy until they were permanently placed in the  museum of San Marco Basilica for conservation.  Since 1977, replicas of the Quadriga have replaced the  originals atop the Basilica. 

 

The Winged Lion of Venice 

 

The Winged Lion of Venice honours the city’s Patron  Saint, Mark the Evangelist. Legend holds that  Venetian merchants stole the body of the apostle  Mark from Egypt, and on their return home, St. Mark  himself appeared to the captain and saved the merchants  from a vicious storm. In thanks for this miraculous  rescue, the city bestowed St. Mark as Venice’s  patron saint. An alternative legend tells of an angel  who appeared in one of St. Mark’s dreams, indicating  that one day, Venice would become his resting  place. Despite contentious beliefs, the emblematic  Winged Lion is a ubiquitous reminder of St. Mark’s  role as protector of Venice.                               

Beyond the legends ass iated with religion,  there are also other societal and political motivations  for the famous statue, according to Dr. Sarah Rolfe  Prodan, Fellow at the Centre for Renaissance and  Restoration at the University of Toronto. “The lion  came to symbolize authority and the political ascendancy  of Venice’s expanding dominion over the  Italian mainland. By the fourteenth century, Venice  had grown to be a powerful maritime republic.”


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Venetiaans geluk | Venetië | Ciao tutti - ontdekkingsblog door Italië

Venetiaans geluk | Venetië | Ciao tutti - ontdekkingsblog door Italië | Venice | Scoop.it

Het Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, oftewel het Canal Grande Casino in Venetie, is het oudste casino ter wereld. Richard Wagner blies er zijn laatste adem uit.

 

Venetië behoeft nauwelijks een introductie natuurlijk. We schreven al eerder over de Italiaanse stad die bekend staat om haar prachtige wateren, de San Marco basiliek, de Rialtobrug en de voorbijglijdende gondels. Dit moois is inmiddels ook erkend door UNESCO; Venetië staat met haar lagune sinds 1987 op de Werelderfgoedlijst.

 

Wat Venetië zo mooi maakt, is voor de in de stad gevestigde bedrijven in sommige gevallen helaas ook een nadeel. Je bedrijf groeit uit zijn voegen en je wil uitbreiden, maar dat valt niet mee als je pand omgeven wordt door water en je buurman zijn pand niet wil verkopen. Dat was precies het probleem waar het casino in Venetië mee kampte.


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Street Photography with the Fujifilm X100S in Venice | Paul Rogers

Street Photography with the Fujifilm X100S in Venice | Paul Rogers | Venice | Scoop.it


I was fortunate enough to be sent to Treviso in Northern Italy this week for a portrait for The Times T2 section, only to discover on landing that the shoot had been cancelled. So I had almost 12 hours before my return flight with nothing to do. Thankfully I'd flown Ryan Air (never thought I'd use those words in the same sentence) which meant my carry on baggage was extremely limited, and so I'd taken only one Canon 5d MkIII and 3 lenses to cover the job. I'd decided to pack my Fuji X100S as a backup camera which turned out to be a great decision. I put my heavy DSLR and lenses in left luggage, along with my lighting equipment and hopped on a train to Venice with only the X100S and two batteries. I've never been to Venice, so really enjoyed wandering around with no agenda, just photographing what looked interesting. I did need to send some stock pictures of Venice back to the Times, but that was the only real requirement. It was a pretty overcast day, but the X100S really produces some lovely colour tones even in flat light. I used the back button manual focus method for the entire day and shot mostly at f/2.0. All images were shot as jpeg and processed in Lightroom. Here's some of my favourites from the day, including dawn from seat 12A somewhere above Italy......


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Vogalonga (Roeiwedstrijd Venetië) 2013

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Vogalonga (Roeiwedstrijd Venetië).

Datum: zondag 19 mei 2013.

 

De Vogalonga is een 32 kilometer lange roeiwedstrijd die sinds 1974 op Pinksterzondag wordt gehouden in Venetië. De roeiwedstrijd over het Canal Grande is een protest tegen de vele vervuilende motorvaartuigen die de lagunestad dagelijks teisteren.

 

Aan de roei-regatta nemen zo’n 1500 roeiboten deel met ca. 4000 roeiers. De plezierroeiers en activisten willen met de Vogalonga de aandacht vestigen op de problemen van Venetië.

 

Los van dat nobele motief: je kijkt je ogen uit, want Venetië ziet er fantastisch uit tijdens de Vogalonga. De kanalen zijn vol boten en bootjes met uitbundig geklede Venetianen. De enthousiaste kreten en het geklots van de roeispanen echoën tegen de gevels van de palazzi. Het is een lust voor oog en oor en bijna mooier dan het Venetiaanse carnaval.

 

Elk type roeiboot kan meedoen. De grootte van de boot of het aantal roeiers (variërend van twee tot dertig) maakt niet uit. Staand (als een gondelier) of zittend, als het maar met enkel spierkracht gebeurt. Meedoen is belangrijker dan winnen.

 

De start is in de vroege ochtend voor het San Marcoplein. Eerst maken de boten een rondje langs de eilanden van de lagune. Bij de wijk Cannaregio varen de boten het centrum weer binnen. De aankomst is bij Punta della Dogana, tegen de achtergrond van de Basilica della Madonna della Salute.


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