Venetian Art

Venice-Travel-Poster with a man steering a Gondola

Venice Travel Poster

Golden Winged_lion-Venice

The winged lion has long been the traditional symbol of Venice, ever since the remains of St. Mark were brought to the city in the early 800’s. You can find statues of the lion everywhere in the city, but most noticeably in St. Mark’s Square.


Early history of Venice pottery


Archaelogical excavations have unearthed precious artefacts that date the first appearance of pottery in the Venice lagoon vicinity to the 6th century. Venice was one of the first pottery centres in Italy, the oldest decorated plates found date back to the first half of the 1200’s. The original Venice potteries were concentrated in the area of San Polo and ancient kilns have been found in this location.The first Venetian dishes used two different traditions : Byzantine graffito and Islamic majolica ware.

In 1301 there were already many Venetian potters and they formed a corporation called ” Capitolare dell Arte ” of the ” Scutelari de piera ” This later become known as the Bochaleri and was also traditionally known as the Vasai del Leone ” ( the potters of St. Mark’s Lion ) In the 13th and 14th Centuries, Venetian pottery displayed distinctive geometric plant motifs, either hand painted or scratched using grafitto techniques. At the end of the 1300’s new forms and designs appeared in Venice, such as palmettes, lozenges, birds and animals. Towards the mid 1500’s a more refined style emerged using human figures ( mostly on vases for engagement and wedding gifts ). Also plates decorated with the names and descriptions of local dishes were in vogue. Landscapes and Roman ruins became popular themes in the 16th century for plate decoration.



La Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista by Peter Lombardo,Venice

1478 – 1481

The potters that migrated to Venice form Marche and Faenza in the 1400’s brought about a revival of the majolica enamel glazes. Many workshops run by artists flourished producing wall plates and other majolica wares depicting historical figures and scenes.  The introduction of majolica wares into the Venetian area brought about remarkable changes in the organization of this industry. Majolica (named after the island of Majorca, from where its technique of production was imported to Italy in the thirteenth century) was a much better material for dinner services and offered greater possibilities for decoration than mezza maiolica.

A severe recession n the 1700’s eventually crippled production. In 1773 there were over 30 active potteries, but this was reduced to a few at the end of the century and the Bochaleri Corporation was abandoned. Some of the pottery manufactures that flourished into the 1800’s were Antonibon, Cozzi, and Fiorina Fabris.

Dish - Museo Correr, Venice, Italy

Italian majolica plate – Doge Enrico Dandolo crowns Baldwin I (Baudoin), Emperor of Byzantium (1204-1205)






Murano handkerchief vase –  Venini Fazzoletto






Moorish trader statue in Cannaregio, Venice Italy

bautisterias on Flickr



Vintage Italian Majolica Byzantine Portrait & Bird Mosaic Vase


Vintage Italian  Majolica Byzantine Portrait & Bird Mosaic Vase

Three vases by dolcetti

3 pieces from Dolcetti – ( )

Giacomo Dolcetti was born in Venice in 1893 and he established his ceramics studio there in 1921 which he called “The Potter’s House”.

Coffee pot by Cozzi pottery 1775

Cozzi Pottery coffee pot – Venice



Monumental San Polo Ceramic-Vase by Otello Rosa

Monumental San Polo Ceramic Vase by Otello Rosa

24.5 inches height, circa 1950


Carla-Coulson-All-saints dayVenice  altar

photo – Carla Coulson

Cantagalli winged lion Italan pottery with a turquoise glaze

Cantagalli winged lion – Italan pottery, Venice


Lilac Africanist Murano Glass sculpture60’s


17th Century Venezia vessel for herb storage


The Minuet or Carnivale Scene 1754 – 55

Giandomenico Tiepolo

( Musee Du Louvre )




Photos-of-Carnival-of-Venice---Venice---Carmen Piedra

St. Marks facade

Venice, Italy

Ceramic plate - Venetian winged lion in blue and white

Venetian Lion

Carlos Marchiori


Italian Pottery – Painted Bowl, San Polo  Venice

421px-633px-Venetian-jug in blue and turquoise with moorish decorations

Venetian Pitcher


Venetian Green Goblet – 1500

( V & A Museum )

san polo dish

San Polo dish



1950's illuminated harlequin sculpture by Otello Rosa for San Polo Venice Italy

 Illuminated harlequin sculpture by Otello Rosa for San Polo

Venice Italy


Owls Formia Murano art glass

Murano glass owls

murano glass vase 2012

Murano glass vase


Venice-&-Murano-Glass-&-Mosaic.Venice & Murano Glass & Mosaic 1872

( V & A Museum )

Robert Frederick Blum

Robert Frederick Blum (American, 1857-1903) Venice, 1883.



Rookwood vase - Venetian harbour

 Rookwood vase, Venetian harbor scene, covered in a beautifully fired high glaze, executed by Carl Schmidt in 1923.





Murano Glass Fish Sculpture Talisman London

 Murano Glass Sculpture



Crafted-1970s-Murano-bowl in golden glassCrafted 1970’s Murano bowl





‘Comedia-dell-arte’ vase – San Polo


Raymor carved Bitossi style vase

Raymor carved Bitossi style vase


Horses at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice

John Singer Sargent Street In Venice oil painting

Street in Venice is an c. 1882 oil on wood painting by the American artist John Singer Sargent. Painted in a post-impressionist manner, it is set in a quiet backstreet off the Calle Larga dei Proverbi, near the Grand Canal in Venice.

Murano flame vase Venice contemporary glass sculpture

Murano Glass Flame Shaped Vase by Celotto

55th Venice Bienalle 2013

55th Venice Bienalle 2013

Footed Mid century Italian Pedestal Bowl

Midcentury Italian Pedestal Bowl

Murano glass vase

Murano glass vase entitled VIRGO by Andrea Zilio

Perelda, Pollio glass tumbler

VASE  “Cattedrale” from Perelda of Pollio, 1955

Philip-Jackson-sculpture - British

Philip Jackson (British, b. 1944) ‘La Scala’.


Philip Jackson (British, b. 1944) ‘Doge’s Gondolier’, c. 1997, bronze, 37 ” height


Venice Billboard


Italian ceramic lamp

Italian turquoise sgraffito ceramic lamp with lion motifs.

VASE-TESSUTO by Carlo Scarpa

Vase TESSUTO by Carlo Scarpa, 1951, execution by Venini & Co

Majolica earthenware plate

Majolica earthenware plate -Venetian noblewoman in purple dress. Giocomo Dolcetti

Tray Majolica - John Petucco

Majolica Tray  – John Petucco





Large dish with characters of the Commedia dell’Arte.

width 47cm




Bassano-del-Grappa,1710 ceramic Inkstand

Venetian inkstand





Gold and black Venetian-Blackamoor!-Palazzo-Bernardo,-Venice

Venetian Blackamoor statue – Palazzo Bernardo, Venice





Venice – Lion at the Arsenal

Wikimedia Commons




San Polo mermaid sculpture

Venice ceramic mermaid  sculpture – San Polo

Tomb with an equestrian statue of condottiero Nicolo Orsini-(1442-1510)-Captain General of Venice, San Zanipolo

Tomb with an equestrian statue of condottiero Nicolo Orsini-(1442-1510)-Captain General of Venice, San Zanipolo


Venetian Murano Glass Compote with Scene of Neptune and Venice

Blue and gold Venetian Murano Glass Compote –  Scene of Neptune and Venice





Murano nude sculpture by Stefano Toso



Jaume Plensa-à-Venise---Flickr--RUI-RUI

Jaume Plensa- Venice Biennale

Flickr–Rui Rui




La Palla dOro_(Venise)Sculpture atop the Dogana building

La Palla dOro Sculpture atop the Dogana building in Venice





 Manfred Kielnhofer- Guardians Of Time

Venice Biennale 2013




Venice-Biennale’s-Encyclopaedic-Palace Sculpture by Khaled Zaki © Khaled Zaki

Sculpture by Sculpture by Khaled Zaki  © Khaled ZakiVenice Biennale’s Encyclopaedic Palace  © Khaled Zaki

Venice Biennale’s Encyclopaedic Palace




San Zanipolo,-medieval tomb in Venice, italy

San Zanipolo, medieval tomb




Venice_-_Well courtyard of the Ca’-D’Oro

Well in the courtyard of the Ca’-D’Oro. The Ca’ d’Oro (House of Gold), which is situated on the Grand Canal, is one of the oldest palaces in Venice. It was built in the early 15th century.

Photo Nino Barbieri – wikimedia



Venice, Pala d'Oro,-centro---Christus Pantocrator & four Evangelists

Pala d’Oro, centro—Christus Pantocrator & four Evangelists, Venice





Doges palace, venice




Venice,-Basilica di San Marco, north facade

Basilica di San Marco, north facade, Venice




Gold lunar venetian mask

Venetian Crescent Moon mask





Glazed terracotta figurines – Otello Rosa — San Polo, Venice




pierre - venetian mask with canal scene

Venetian mask with canal scene




Venetian art glass blackamore figural candleholder

Venetian art glass blackamore figural candleholder




Gallartroma---Victor Panchenko - Venice Samarkanda dream

Venice Samarkanda dream’ – Victor Panchenko  





Conjoined vases – San Polo, Venice




Henri Cartier Bresson-boat in Venice

Boat on Venetian Canal  –  Henri Cartier Bresson




Venetian_water_jug_with a bird on the top

Venetian water jug




Mid Century cat sculpture – San Polo






Matching pair of Blackamoor’s with Shell Trays





Vase with abstract motif – San Polo



Carnevale Di Venezia


The famous Carnevale Di Venezia has a traditon that dates back over a thousand years to 1094 where carnivale festivities as public entertainment in the days leading up to Lent were decreed by the Government of the Doge Vitale Falier. The carnivale lasted for over a month up to Ash Wedensday and the Venetians celebrated wearing masks and colourful costumes. The beginning of the carnivale starts with special traditional celebrations such as the warrior dance of the ” Morescoa” and the “Svolo del Turco ” ( flight of the Turk ), which is a dangerous stunt. Carnival represents a sort of  ” time out of time ” in which fortunes are reversed: the poor become rich, the powerless become powerful. Social customs are overturned; women aggressively pursue men, for example. During the time of Carnevale, it’s important to remain anonymous, so when “real time” returns, it returns to exactly the same place.

Venice Carnivale

Venice Carnivale




kuprat-on-Flickr - Venice Carnivale - red costume, white mask

Red carnivale costume

kuprat on Flickr




Venice Museo Storico Navale. Bucentaur

“This lavishly decorated boat with the Goddess Libra ( who is ruled by Venus), was used every year on Ascension Day up to 1798 to take the doge out to the Adriatic Sea to perform the ‘Marriage of the Sea’ – a ceremony that symbolically wedded Venice to the sea every year on the ‘Festa della Sensa’





venice-mask in red and gold

Carnivale mask – Venice





Venice carnival costume- minube




Venice Carnival on canal

Susanna – minube




Photos-of-Carnival-of-Venice-Susanna-minube - girl in pink carnivale costume

Carnival of Venice and the four Tetrarchs

Susanna – minube





Photos-of-Carnival-of-Venice--Maria Cabrera Lozano

Carnival of Venice–Maria Cabrera Lozano – minube




Staircase at Ca Segredo Hotel, Venice. with cherub statue

Staircase at Ca Segredo Hotel, Venice.




Venice gothic architeture


‘Svolo del Turco’

“The Flight of the Angel” from the tower of St Mark’s Campanile Bianca Brandolini D’Adda

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aA lady wearing a burnt orange carnival outfit. Venice, Italy

Carnival in Venice, Veneto, Italia.

pedro lastr – flickr, 2012


Venice Italy carnivale

alessandro 1948 – flickr )

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