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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What news on the Rialto?

The big news for me was that I found it at all.

And that was after successfully locating Santa Maria della et Cetera on the tenth or eleventh try. At first I was just grateful that the church offered a cool, shady place to sit down, because the Titian "Assumption" altarpiece I had made such an effort to see is just awful. I hated it. Hated it. The virgin looks like a teenage girl on a scary ride at Great Adventure. (I didn't bother to try to sneak a photo; if you're curious you can see it here.)

But there is a Bellini Madonna in a side chapel that was more than worth all the aggravation. This small sneaked photo doesn't do it justice, but I can't find a better version online.

The Rialto was so ridiculously crowded that I couldn't get out of there fast enough, but I did take a break sitting on steps like those in the photo above (note to co-workers: without falling in the Grand Canal.)

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