ITALY: Venice

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Venice was the final leg of my Italian tour, and also my first time in this very special city. A very pleasant bunk bed free hostel was there to greet me, as well as very welcoming staff and guests.

One of the people that makes for a happy and well informed visit.

The view of the Grand Canal right out of our dorm room window.






THE UBIQUITOUS VENETIAN GODOLAS – No Girlfriend – No Ride – Save $80-$100

They come in handy for quality free photo ops.





Although I saw many men piloting these boats in full costume, I never encountered any of them singing as they paddled about. Perhaps there is an extra fee, or maybe there is a city ordinance against it.















GARBAGE SCOW – One of the armada of boats necessary for the removal of all the trash generated in the households, hotels and restaurants of Venice. Every comes in by boat and everything goes out by boat.











Max ERNST – In the Streets of Athens – 1960

Fritz KOENIG – Chariot – 1957

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM’S GRAVE – In the sculpture garden.


Julio GONZÁLEZ – Mister Cactus – 1939

Alexander CALDER

Leonor FINI – The Shepherdess of the Sphinxes – 1941

A couple of nice Jackson Pollocks

Alexander CALDER – Red Disk – White Dots – 1960

Vasily KANDINSKY – White Cross – 1922

Vasily KANDINSKY – Upward – 1929

Juan GRIS – Bottle of Rum and Newspaper – 1914

Peggy Guggenheim and Pets

Rita Kernn-LARSEN – Behind the Mirror –  1937

Kernn-Larsen said of this work: “It was surely related to myself descending into the unknown behind the mirror/looking-glass inspired by Lewis Carrol’s story Through the Looking-Glass”. She depicted herself here as an Alice in Wonderland, who has crossed into a peculiar parallel world, perhaps of her subconscious.

Rita KERNN-LARSEN – Phantoms – 1934

Phantoms originated with a drowning accident that Kernn-Larsen and her husband witnessed on vacation in Normandy at a bathing resort in late summer 1934. “It was uncanny… two people went missing… I don’t think they were ever found. It made a deep impression on me,” she recalled. Phantoms depicts the imagined figures of the event, or their sprits as the title suggests, that had settled deeply in the subconscious. They “sail down to the bottom of the ocean like fish, human and fishy at the same time,”she explained.
The horizontal layers of color indicate the change in the hues of water as the depth increases. She enveloped the scene in a tranquil atmosphere. It resembles a dance rather than a tragedy. This was one of Kernn-Larsen’s favorite paintings.

Rita Kernn-LARSEN – Dance and Counter-dance – 1936

Kernn-Larsen’s works combined memories, dreams and imagination, as she employed and automatic Surrealist painting method to generate a flow of images arising from the unconscious. This is a signature example. The artist explained,”two rhythms play against each other. I consider it to be one of my most successful pictures.” The dance and its counter-dance might allude to the male and female energies, and their intimate dance, represented by two anthropomorphic figures on the lower left that ‘control’ the feet at the bottom. Yet despite their humanoid presence, the rhythmic undulating line is the protagonist of the scene. The surging shapes in the background evoke a landscape. However, this playful yet haunting painting cane best be described in terms of abstraction.

Alberto GIACOMETTI – Woman Walking – 1936

MIRKO – Roaring Lion II – 1956











The City of Venice remembers the Venetian Jews who were deported to the Nazi concentration camps on December 5th. 1943 and August 17th. 1944.






                                Scoula Grande di San Rocco






This is the Venetian mask shop that supplied the masks for the Stanley Kubrick film “Eyes Wide Shut”.




                                             Ca’ Rezzonico






Venetian Glass Chandelier






One last look at the Grand Canal before crossing the bridge and hopping a bus to the airport. Next stop, Malta.


  1. Karen Devers
    May 9, 2017

    There is so much incredible art and architecture in Venice, how wonderful to see it in person. All of your photos are wonderful, as usual but the one that stands out to me is the one with the horizontal line of blue boats with the city in the distance. That is a stellar shot and worthy of selling. There are others as well, but that one has a mood that is haunting and evocative.

    Your post prompted me to do some research and it seems that Venice is challenged on many fronts due to its location and life on the water. I found one article that seemed to sum up the various threats pretty well. I’ll attach it here.

    It would be a sad day indeed if the city was to sink below the sea, taking its treasures with it to become a modern day Atlantis.

  2. The Travel Zealot
    May 9, 2017

    Thanks Karen,
    That blue gondola shot did work pretty well. The weather was marginal most of the time so it made getting good shots a little challenging. I think they are working on some technology along the lines of the Netherlands to deal with the rising water. During the time I was there, a sort of air raid siren went off during a particularly high tide. It seems there was a bit of flooding in St. Marks Square. I looked at the algae marks on the sea walls around the city, and they indicate that the water is spending a good deal of its time at a very high level indeed.

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