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.