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A Wanderer in Venice

E. V. Lucas

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. . .Greek and{63} Roman sculpture collected by Cardinal Grimani or dug from time to time from the soil of Venetian provinces. Here are a few beautiful or precious relics and much that is indifferent. In the absence of a Hermaphrodite, the most popular possession is (as ever) a group of Leda and the Swan. I noted among the more attractive pieces a Roman altar with lovers (Baedeker calls them satyrs), No. 68; a Livia in black marble, No. 102; a nice girl, Giulia Mammea, No. 142; a boy, very like a Venetian boy of to-day, No. 145; a giant Minerva, No. 169; a Venus, No. 174; an Apollo, No. 223. A very beautiful Pietà by Giovanni Bellini, painted under the influence of Dürer, should be sought and found.

The Bridge of Sighs, a little way upon which one may venture, is more interesting in romantic fancy than in fact, and its chief merit is to span very gracefully the gulf between the Palace and the Prison. With the terrible cells of the Doges' Palace, to which w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Beautiful, exquisitely detailed descriptions of Venetian art and architecture. A bit dated.

I think that if you carried it with you, had enough time and read as you visited the various parts of and places in Venice, it would prove very informative. I read it after leaving Venice and hence did not finish it actually 'reading'. You would probably need more time than we had in Venice to make

La crónica del viajero es tal cual lo hacían en la época victoriana. Creo que es un libro para leerlo lentamente a través de los años.