I see faces

Once again, looking up proved rewarding on a walk down a street in Venice.

There was certainly no boring Anglo-Saxon architecture to be found on this palazzo. Just the windows and balcony would be enough to make our neighbours sit up and take notice.

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Now look a bit more closely, and you’ll notice that someone gave artistic licence to the builders. Could that be a gallery of family faces?

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Maybe not. The theme looks a little bit religious. There are even little cherub faces as part of the supporting cast.

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Have I given you inspiration for your next home renovation?

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  1. Great eye catching features. Venice has some great buildings!

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    • That city is crammed with delights. It’s a pity it’s over run with day trippers (by the 10s of thousands) who make life tough for the residents without contributing much to the city. There is fear that Venice will become type of Disney World in the not too distant future.

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  2. Luca Marchiori

    I can’t tell 100% from the photo, but are there three of the identical portrait? The two figures on the edges of the balcony look like angels to me. If this is so, I would suggest that, because of the resemblance of them to Jesus, these three heads represent the Holy Trinity, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In Byzantine art, which heavily influenced Venice, they are often represented by three identical Jesus’s. I have a photograph of a mosaic in Ravenna that I am trying to hunt out for you.

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  3. Venezia è una città magica! una fra quelle che più amo al mondo! vi puoi trovare tesoeri nascosti ad ogni angolo!🙂

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  4. I like the heads at the balcony . What a research to give a character to the house !
    With this brick facade altered in places you make me remember that I have a part of wall of special brick façade that has to be repaired ! 😉
    Love ❤
    Michel

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  5. I love the cherub heads, but not the other heads!😮
    I love faces in art and in most sculptures. One of my fav artists is Mary Cassatt who painted lots of children’s faces.🙂
    I, also, like Steven Scott’s abstract faces…
    http://stevenscottstudio.com/GalleryMain.asp?GalleryID=90098&AKey=A2RTBE67
    HUGS!!!🙂

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  6. Albert

    It’s the Palazzo Bragadin Carabba.

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  7. Albert

    Is that the palazzo across the canal (Rio di San Lio) from the Teatro Malibran?

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  8. It looks like the same head model over and over. I do like these odd little decorative flourishes. They were probably in vogue at the time and done to impress. In Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, there are portraits along the high walls that are supposed to represent different ancestors, but they were all painted of the same person around the same time to manufacture a past.

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  9. Thanks for noticing the lovely details in Italian architecture and sharing them with us! And, by the way I love the scene of Venice in the rain that is your background, too!

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  10. If I tried to put some cherubs on our home, Mr ET would lose the plot. He’s not fond of the little guys, not that he is able to explain his aversion. He just doesn’t like them.

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  11. Maybe a Venetian might visit Stratford-upon-Avon or Chester or Bath and say ‘just look at all this fabulous Anglo-Saxon architecture!

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  12. Maybe for garden ornaments🙂

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  13. Very devout, but a bit on the scary side. I’d be terrified that one of those heads might become detached and whack some innocent bystander underneath.

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  14. That would be one creepy home reno. Looks good there but not sure it’s transferable to urban Canada.🙂

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  15. What do you mean by..”boring Anglo-saxon architecture,” my dear Yvonne..?

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    • I mean the common garden variety we see in the domestic architecture in our countries. Some of our older architecture does have a touch of the eccentric or originality, I will concede.

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  16. Architecture that looks ahead.

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  17. Could do with a Venetian visit.

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  18. Absolutely nothing in this world could inspire me to do a home renovation ever again.

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  19. These must be Italy’s answer to gnomes in the garden.

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  20. Yes, you see faces Yvonne. Have another glass of wine my friend😀❤

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  21. Yes, but let’s not under-estimate our very own fondness for lovely architecture. How our own cemented rockeries and lovely suburban nature strips with worn white painted car tyres around the azaleas, neatly keeping out the weeds? How the multi coloured painted concrete gnomes or, even at times, pre-cast angels keep guard over the camellias or arched climbing roses?
    Where would we be without the beauty of our colour bond fences keeping out nosy neighbours. The décor of electric garage roller doors?
    Where indeed?
    Oh Venice, we too know our heritage and shine with the best of them.

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    • Oh, and the swans cut out of old tyres! I forgot all about them. And, the rows of sturdy brickwork proudly on display on our walls, the heavy black roof tiles to absorb every skerrick of heat from our sizzling summer sun. Thank you for reminding me of the splendours of our Oz architecture.
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  22. I’d pass on disembodied heads decorating the balustrades – but the cherubs are cool 🙂

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  23. Humor_Me_Now

    It does look religious.

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  24. Modern buildings are so blah by comparison, eh?

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    • Most of them are rather “safe” these days. Mind you, we don’t have the craftsmen in such numbers as they did in the past.

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      • And here in NZ we have Earthquake Regulations. A head might get shaken right off and land on a passer-by. Though, now I think of it, I’d be allowed heads made of styrofoam.

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        • That sounds like a clever solution for the earthquake regualtions. I can just see an inspector turning up, ready to issue a “Please remove” order, only to find the heads are as light as feathers.

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