Venice Italy, the Piazzetta and Louis Enault
Venice Italy, the Piazzetta : HDR Photography La Piazzetta in Venice illustrated by a text by Louis Énault
The wings and elongated claw
It’s a beautiful summer night that the traveler who knows his household impressions will see Venice for the first time. Suppose it happens by the Adriatic, and he landed on the Piazzetta, the vestibule of St. Mark’s Square which extends the Grand Canal to the Basilica. It will dismount on marble steps, between two African granite monoliths, one of which is above its big lion of St. Mark, the wings and lying on the book of the Gospels claw, the another, St. Theodore beautiful, wearing a halo of metal, sword, lance in hand.
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About the Piazzetta
The Piazzetta di San Marco is (strictly speaking) not part of the Piazza but an adjoining open space connecting the south side of the Piazza to the waterway of the lagoon. The Piazzetta lies between the Doge’s Palace on the east and Jacopo Sansovino’s Biblioteca (Library) which holds the Biblioteca Marciana on the west.
Starting our perambulation at the corner near the campanile, where we left the Piazza, this (west) side is occupied entirely by the Biblioteca (Library) designed by Jacopo Sansovino to hold the Biblioteca Marciana (library of St Mark). Building started in 1537 and it was extended, after the death of Sansovino, by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1588/91. The building was said by Palladio to be « the most magnificent and ornate structure built since ancient times ». The arcade continues to the end of the building with cafés and shops and also the entrances to the Archaeological Museum, the Biblioteca Marciana and the National Library, which occupy the floors above.
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