Maybe the fog blinded my vision?

I don’t know how many times I’ve walked through Campo Santo Stefano in the years I’ve come to Venice. I do know that it wasn’t until I read this post  saint-Stephen   on David Lown’s blog that I knew I’d never clapped eyes on the bas -relief of the Saint himself!

So, the very next time I ventured out my door, I turned left and saw him with my own eyes.


David comments that Stephen was stoned to death, so the main attribute you will see in depictions of him are stones. This bas-relief with two stones on the saint’s head led one young client of David’s to say it reminded him of Mickey Mouse!

While I was in an observant mood, I also noticed this sculpture of the Madonna and Child just a short distance from Saint Stephen. Thanks, David, for making sure I looked up.


I wish all of you a healthy, peaceful new year.



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35 responses to “Maybe the fog blinded my vision?

  1. I am really enjoying your posts on venice and the detail you find- so much more interesting than the stereotypical stuff. A Bi thank you.

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    • Thank you, Francesca. That was exactly my aim when I started to post about Venice. There are many beautiful images of the usual attractions, I couldn’t compete with them!

      Happy New Year to you.

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  2. Andante

    Happy New Year to you, too, Yvonne – we’re hoping that we may be back in Venice by next December – never know, we may meet you there at last! Hope 2016 is a good one for you – and all who follow you!


  3. A happy, Venice with Florence infused’ New Year. Yvonne

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  4. Happy new year to you Yvonne 🙂

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  5. It’s no wonder these people were made into saints. They all died horrible deaths. My favourite is Saint Sebastian, who died after being shot by arrows. He survived the first time so they did it again. Ghastly.

    It really does pay to look up. There are tiny treasures hidden up there.

    Happy New Year to you Yvonne.

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  6. Mickey Mouse! Ha! 😀
    Such beautiful, humbling statues. I love statues…and the people and events they cause us to remember.
    Almost 2016 HUGS!!! 🙂

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  7. Peace, health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year, Yvonne – from all the Patrons of la Salle de Porc.

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  8. Stephen’ s statue looks ancien type Middle age . The virgin is certainly more recent . True art work but look at the support around . Repairs are needed .
    One of your reader calls Michael the patron saint of the mice !!! Horror!
    Love ❤

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  9. I thought of Mickey Mouse,too! And those priests look to be wearing turbans. Happy new year, Yvonne! Thanks for the marvelous tours of Venice!

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  10. Happy New Year, Yvonne….

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  11. Bert

    The Child in the Madonna and Child looks remarkably mature, I forgot to mention.


  12. Bert

    The Scuola dei Laneri (wool merchants and artisans) or Scuola di San Stefano, San Marco 3467, Campiello San Stefano. Read more here: There could be two more stones at the figure’s shoulders. The headgear of the kneeling figures is interesting. They are not priests or monks, who are usually found kneeling in such depictions.

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    • Hurray! That’s the very site I have been looking for, Bert, thank you.

      Yes, that’s a mature looking mother and baby. And, I was struck once again, when looking at nativity scenes around the city, that baby was extraordinarily large!


  13. And a great big thanks for the tours around Venice.

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  14. Saint Stephen does look like he’s wearing Mickey Mouse ears!
    All the best for 2016.

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