Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Campiello Querini Stampalia, Yesterday Evening
I was walking around Venice one day with my camera looking to photograph different colored walls to use as backgrounds for a website when I quickly discovered what I really should have already known: the owners of buildings in this city have a very limited number of colors to choose from when it comes to painting their property. Like other Italian "destinations", and like certain repressive American neighborhoods I know of that almost no one would go out of their way to visit, one's color choices are tightly controlled not merely by community sentiment but by local ordinance.
From my unofficial and far-from-systematic observation, it seems the number of color choices allowed in Venice can pretty much be counted on one hand.
Perhaps this is the main reason why my first sight of Campiello Querini Stampalia, approached as in the photo above, always strikes me as so pleasing: that worn green of the one building--set off by the red tiles and the dull yellow and white details--seems to be the least popular color choice among landlords. At this moment I can think of one other example of it: a large building on the Zattere beside L'Accademia di Belle Arti, adorned with (if I remember correctly) a relief of Saint George and the Dragon--and defaced by a lot of graffiti.
Too much of this color around town probably wouldn't be a good idea--and would probably leave me in an almost perpetual state of sugar craving, as it vaguely reminds me of the color of the cassate sweets in Sicily. But it seems to be just what's needed in Campiello Querini Stampalia.