Venetian Art



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.


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.

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

san polo butterfly

A San Polo butterfly plate

dolcetti 3pcs

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”.

Cozzi pottery 1775

Cozzi Pottery pitcher  – Venice


Carla-Coulson-All-saints dayVenice  

photo – Carla Coulson

Cantagalli winged lion Italan pottery

Cantagalli winged lion – Italan pottery, Venice

Crisaliforme by Cristiano Bianchin Murano

Crisaliforme by Cristiano Bianchin,  Murano


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


Veduta del Palazzo Ducale



Venetian Lion

Carlos Marchiori


Italian Pottery – Painted Bowl, San Polo  Venice


Venetian Pitcher


Venetian Goblet – 1500

( V & A Museum )

san polo dish

San Polo dish

san polo harlequin

San polo harlequin figurine

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-bowlCrafted 1970’s Murano bowl

Raymor carved Bitossi style vase

Raymor carved Bitossi style vase


Horses at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice


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

Murano Glass Flame Shaped Vase by Celotto

55th Venice Bienalle 2013

55th Venice Bienalle 2013

Midcentury Italian Pedestal Bowl

Midcentury Italian Pedestal Bowl

Murano glass vase

Murano glass vase entitled VIRGO by Andrea Zilio

Perelda, Pollio

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





Salvadore Dali

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

San Polo -- Venezia jug

San Polo – Venezia jug

Tray Majolica - John Petucco

Majolica Tray  – John Petucco

Characters of the Commedia

Characters of the Commedia




Bassano-del-Grappa,1710 Inkstand

Venetian inkstand






Venetian Blackamoor statue – Palazzo Bernardo, Venice

La Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista--Venise---This-famous-Venetian-Renaissance-portal-is-the-work-of-Pietro-Lombardo---1478-1481

La Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista by Peter Lombardo,Venice




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



Venice - Claude and Alice Monet in Piazza San Marco

Claude and Alice Monet in the Piazza San Marco




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

Jaume Plensa- Venice Biennale





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





Madonna col Bambino – San Marco




Photo Giovanni Dall’Orto,

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




Venice,-Doge's Palace interior courtyard

Interior  of Doge’s Palace




Gallartroma---Victor Panchenko - Venice Samarkanda dream

Venice Samarkanda dream’ – Victor Panchenko  



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





Venice carnival costume- minube




Venice Carnival on canal

Susanna – minube





Carnival of Venice and the Tetrarchs

Susanna – minube



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

Carnival of Venice–Maria Cabrera Lozano – minube





Venice carnivale – Susanna –  minube


Svolo del Turco

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

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Carnivale Venice


Venice Italy carnivale

alessandro 1948 – flickr )

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