Friday, February 15, 2019

The Patron Saint of Undisturbed Reading Time


It wouldn't take much effort to properly identify the saint whom the sculpture above is actually supposed to represent, but I must admit I have no interest in that.

Instead, I admire the quiet efficiency with which that sword in the saint's right hand is likely to discourage all comers from disrupting the saint's focus on the book in his left.

Of course since most interruptions of our reading time these days are from our various electronic devices--or our own addiction to such devices--the saint has his work cut out for him. But, then, he would never had been beatified if he hadn't already shown some capacity for performing miraculous interventions.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Pietà, Church of San Simeon Piccolo


For all the intended pathos of this sculpture of Mary holding the dead Jesus, I find the petitions piled up on the floor around it even more moving.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Teatro Magico

Among the many things those 75% of total visitors to Venice who stay only a few hours miss are the live performances in venues like Teatro Goldoni, which offers not just plays, but dance and musical performances to which there are no language barriers.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Venice Beach, Today

The temperature today may have been just above freezing, but I suppose anything bordered by water can be considered a beach, even if it's actually a fondamenta