Tuesday, March 31, 2015

La Serinisima


St Mark's Venice by Catherine L. Gauldin

Pastel and Colored Pencil on paper

1 6 x 20 

Venice has an aura of fragility about it, as if the Adriatic might overwhelm it and dissolve the buildings that look so much like lace cast into stone.  In spite of its crumbling appearance, Venice has stood since the 13th century as La Serinisima, the Serene One and the jewel in her crown is the Cathedral of St Mark's, the vast Byzantine edifice that stands in the center of the plaza and supposedly houses the relics of its namesake and the bones of the Apostle, or are they the bones of Alexander the Great? 
This image shows part of the facade replicas of the famous horses.  The original horses can still be seen but they are now in a more protected location, accessible at the top of a very steep staircase.  People always say it’s easy to get lost in Venice but that is not at all true.  No matter how far you wander through the maze of streets, generally you can find your way back to the Grand Canal and from there to San Marco.  I was traveling with a group to Italy but generally I take off by myself after the overall City Tour in order to savor the atmosphere of the place without interruption.  Sometimes I want company and sometimes I don’t want anyone else around but before we were to leave I knew I couldn’t continue in our journey without climbing to the top to gaze out across the great Plaza of San Marco and beyond over the rooftops of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.