Saturday, September 23, 2017

Worth the Wait: A Titian Returns to I Frari

Titian's Ca' Pesaro Madonna newly re-installed in the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Here's looking at you, kid.

After five years of intensive analysis and restoration funded by the American non-profit Save Venice organization, Titian's great Madonna di Ca' Pesaro is now back in its familiar spot in the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

For a very interesting account of the particular challenges that the painting presented to restorers, and of the methods used to discover the factors (both recent and long past) that contributed to its deterioration, as well as the strategies to address and prevent future degradation, visit Save Venice's page on the work:

And then visit the work itself as soon as you have the chance. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Six Views of Sunday's Regata Storica

It's the colorful pageantry of the corteo or boat parade before the races that draws most of the tourists, who then tend to disperse....
...and miss the excitement of races like the 6-man caorline (above), whose first 3 boats were tightly packed from start to finish.

On their way to their tenth Regata Storica victory, however, Anna Mao and Romina Ardit dominated from the get-go, leaving the rest of the field to compete for second place

The gondolier above appears to be the only one capable of besting the indomitable duo of Rudi and Igor Vignotto on their way to their record 15th Regata Storica victory. But in actuality, having inexplicably lost track of the race's progress, he's rowing as fast as he can to get out of the course. His passengers, however, as one can't help but often notice of tourists, have absolutely no clue as to what's going on just behind them.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Too Close for Comfort at Today's Regata Storica

One agonista reacts angrily as the gondolino of two competitors interferes with his oar as they approach the Rialto Bridge
More images tomorrow.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Day For Night

A huge lightning flash (out of the frame at left) lights up the Grand Canal during a tumultuous storm in the wee hours of this morning.