The Museo Correr (Correr Museum) and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), neither of which hosts a collection of “famous” art, both had some jaw-dropping pieces and a wide array of general “old stuff.”
Strategically located on the border of Germany, near the Swiss border, and along the path of Greek and other Near East merchants, Venice represents a unique mash-up of artistic styles. Old and new, East and West, Christian and pagan: All collide in the vast spaces of the Venetian palazzi (palaces). In the museums, the variety makes the exhibits more interesting. The architecture itself, though – particularly in the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica – looks to me like a monstrous mess, a Jackson Pollock painting with stone and bronze instead of oil and acrylic. Cornices and friezes cut into each other at odd angles, and every surface is a different color, texture, pattern, brightness. I’ll be happy to see the harmony and careful aesthetics in Florence, where buildings were constructed and streets paved with marble and other locally quarried stone.
Right this moment (at the time of writing), we are waiting impatiently for the start of the corteo or parade that marks the start of the Regata Storica.