Venice and moonlight are a great combination. Piazetta San

Venice and moonlight are a great combination. Piazetta San

9/1/2021, 1:30:09 PM
Venice and moonlight are a great combination. Piazetta San Marco in Moonlight was painted by the German artist Friedrich Paul Nerly (1842-1919). The column we see is one of the two monumental columns on the Piazetta San Marco (the square that is connected to the larger Piazza San Marco. On top of the column is a winged lion – the Lion of Venice – which is the symbol St. Mark (erected around 1268). In the past, there were rules that in the small area in between both columns two specific things would/could take place. First, it was the place where public executions took place, and second, in between the two columns people were allowed to gamble. This artist is not to be confused with his father Friedrich von Nerly (1807-1848) who painted somewhat comparable Romantic scenes of Venice. Friedrich Paul traveled extensively across Europe and Italy, and painted beautiful landscapes and seascapes wherever he went, though he is best known for his seascapes today. He often chose a low vantage point, like he did in this painting, to emphasize the grandeur of the landscape and buildings that he included. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #Nerly #Moonlight #Moonlit #Piazetta #SanMarco #Venice #Venezia #GermanArt #GermanArtist #GermanPainter #Italy

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