The Lion of Saint Marks, Venice, by moonlight/sunrise. Circa 1870
|A full moon is going down, with its light reflecting in the calm waters of the Grand Canal and in the puddles, from the overnight rain, in Saint Marks Square. At the same time the sun is starting to rise through the misty atmosphere, casting a warm glow over the Lion of Saint Marks and the Santa Maria della Salute and the tops of other buildings, including the Customs House, on the other side of the Grand Canal and the Library, in the right-hand foreground. Gas lights are still lit and add to the atmosphere of the scene. |
A Trabaccolo ( cargo vessel) has hoisted its two lug sails and is being towed, by two rowers in the vessels dinghy, away from the dock in preparation to sailing in what little wind there is. The rising sun has lit the tops of its sails.
A Peata( lagoon transport boat) is about to start unloading its cargo at a dock at Saint Marks Square ( left- hand foreground). Also tied to the docks are some gondolas and a Bragozzo ( fishing boat) with both lug sails lowered. A Topo ( lagoon and coastal boat) with one lug sail hoisted, is being rowed by two men down the Grand Canal, with its foredeck piled high with cargo
|Dimensions||30" x 40"|
|Media||Oil on canvas|