What’s it all about?

I had seen this strange bas-relief on a Facebook post, and yesterday I finally found it.

For those of you who may want to track it down, it’s in Calle de le Oche. Oh, and look up!






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15 responses to “What’s it all about?

  1. LOL at Andrew, I thought of Alfie when I saw the title too. And I like Bert’s interpretation of this mystery image. What a great find – so perfectly strange. 🙂


    • I can thank a Venetian friend for pointing me in the right direction, Annie. I’d never have found it otherwise.

      Andrew and his better half are here in Venice right now. They brought acqua alta and the bora with them. Well done!


  2. And then, lots of things were “imported” from one city/country to another, so its origins could have been far from Venice.


  3. No end of possible interpretations. My first thought was that this was a doubling up of a figure in order to establish symmetry, a pattern you often see in early illuminated manuscripts, Romanesque capitals and even Celtic crosses. If that’s so, who could the figure be? Hercules, holding up the world for Atlas? A male equivalent of the Greek caryatid figures? Blinded Samson about to tear the temple down?

    From its worn appearance, and the relative completeness of the plaster surround, I would guess that the plaque may be part of a capital or frieze rescued from a church, and would therefore have a religious symbolism. But what, I don’t know!


  4. Bert

    It could be that the one on the left is saying, “San Marco is this way!” and the other is saying, “No! It’s this way.”


  5. I must admit that I also immediately thought “Alfie” with an image of a very young Michael Caine.


  6. Andrew, you’re the lucky winner for this month! Your prize, a week in Venice, with all expenses paid …. by you. 🙂


  7. Andrew

    In answer to your title – Alfie!


  8. Looks like they’ve got the weight of the world on their shoulders.


  9. Interesting. Not the usual thing you see there.


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