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





Vase and teapot – 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





Giacomo Mantegazza (1853-1920) – Lovers and chaperone meeting on the Venetian canal





Venice-Santa Maria dei Miracoli

It is one of the earliest buildings of the Renaissance style to be built in Venezia

Maurizio Fecchio – Flickr




Venice san-polo-harlequin-vase

San Polo harlequin  vase


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



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  1. Anonymous
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Thanks for everythings!

  2. feng
    Posted January 21, 2019 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    colorful and fascinating venetian arts.

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