|On a wall in Venice even a basketball hoop can invite aesthetic or historical contemplation|
|Detail of the above photo|
It also takes you past a charming facade with a carved Christ on each corner dated 1681. One of the two Christs in particular retains a good deal of muddy pigmentation that makes me wonder how they must have originally appeared.
The 7 August 2012 post of the excellent blog http://venetiamicio.blogspot.it/ focuses on this building and its immediate surroundings, with particularly nice photos of its flower-laden balconies. Click on the link above to go there.
|How different the aim and method of certain sculptures come to seem when one is reminded by pigment traces that they were once painted|
But it was the arched doorway into the courtyard of an apartment building near the end of Calle del Navaro that held my attention the longest. Carved of granular white stone, it seems to considerably predate not only its neighboring buildings but the very wall into which it is presently set--closer in spirit to the cloister of San Gregorio (near Santa Maria della Salute) for example, than anything in its immediate vicinity. But I've found out nothing about its history, so for me at least it remains an evocative mystery.