Fede, San Vidal

May I give you another veiled sculpture to feast your eyes upon? (Or, for the grammarians in the crowd: upon which to feast your eyes.)

This is easily accessible in San Vidal, near the Accademia Bridge, in the sestiere of San Marco. It’s where you can see and hear the musical group Interpreti Venezia. During the day, you may enter and take photos (without flash).


Please note: red suitcases

This is Fede (Faith), by Antonio Gai.



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Do you like her? Don’t bother telling me, if the answer is “No”.



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38 responses to “Fede, San Vidal

  1. Jane

    I see you had another Jane back then….I have raced by this church because we had tickets waiting at the Academia….I will have to find a moment to go back and look inside. So much I have not done in Venice….thanks.

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  2. I saw this when I was in Venice and was completely blown away. Thank you for your photos, I could have stood there and stared at her for hours. Truly, truly breathtaking.

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  3. Jane

    Beeeaaauuuutiful. I saw this on your blog last week and this week I have to do an art project on skins/membranes. A veil is a membrane! i will post the results….


  4. The veil’s a wonder. It really looks transparent.

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  5. Caroline

    I had never noticed this one either!
    If you haven’t seen it, the Veiled Christ in Naples is stunning – you should go there too on your next trip! There is so much interesting stuff there.

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  6. No clue how this is done, technically. Amazing. It looks sheer.

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  7. Stunning sculpture. Very fashionable and clearly a lady of some note. (Don’t ask me which note.)

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  8. She is a wonder to behold…..and I’m no grammarian, but ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put….

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  9. Maxine

    Stunning, and another reason to go back to Venice. The only other veiled sculpture I’ve seen, was the veiled Christ in Naples. But I wasn’t allowed to take a picture. Thanks for sharing this wonderful find.

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  10. Andante

    It requires a lot of skill to sculpt a human face denoting sorrow and mourning – and a GREAT deal more skill to create the illusion of soft, fine, thin draped fabric over human flesh, with deep emotion evident.
    The first time we ever saw this subject matter, the veiled head, we were both struck by the intensity of the emotion it can convey, and the skill demonstrated by the Artist.
    Although we’ve passed that church many times over the years, we’ve never been in, so we haven’t seen this last figure yet, but rest assured it’s already on our list for the next visit we make to Venice.
    Thank you yet again, for providing another excuse (?) reason for returning to Venice.

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    • I was like you, just passed on by whenever I went past San Vidal. After seeing the bust in Ca’ Rezzonico, I gave myself a good talking to, and went in the very next day.

      I really like sculpture, but these examples really set a high standard. (I wish Canova had done some of these veiled sculptures, he was such a good artist.)


  11. Thanks for the little bit of Grammatical formality. But even if you done it wrong the photo of the veil was well worth it.

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  12. Yes yes yes! The red suitcases also. 🙂

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  13. Oh yes, she is beautiful. How the sculptor achieves the appearance of sheer fabric is simply beyond me. I love her.

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