Copyright, Jim LaneTwo Venices, 220 years apart.
|Portrait of Francesco Guardi,|
1774, Pietro Longhi.
Copyright, Jim LaneGuardi's obligatory view of San Giorgio Maggiore contrasts sharply with my 2013 photo,
yet underscores the timelessness of this historic and strangely beautiful city.
Copyright, Jim LaneThis is a scene peering between the Campanile and San Marco's.
Street vendors in tents still peddle their souvenirs today, 243 years later.
|Turn around at the foot of the Grand|
Staircase below, and this is what you see,
today the exit from the Doge's Palace.
Copyright, Jim LaneCoronation of the Doge (above, left), 1770, Francesco Guardi
|Nighttime Procession in Piazza San Marco, 1758 , Francesco Guardi. Of all |
the vistas provided by Piazza San Marco, this seemed to be the artist's favorite.
|Audience Granted by the Doge, 1766, Francesco Guardi. |
The room is some three stories tall and the size of a basketball court.
|Fire at the Oil Depot, San Marcuola, 1789, Francesco Guardi. Local firefighters,|
if there were any, would have been helpless against such a conflagration.
Strangely, all historic references to this event refer only to Guardi's paintings.