Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dogana da Mar

Bronze atlantes bearing a gilded sphere surmounted by the goddess Fortune holding a wind vane, sculpture by Giuseppe Benoni atop the Dogana building, Punta della Dogana, Venice
Bronze atlantes bearing a gilded sphere surmounted by the goddess Fortune holding a wind vane
Sculpture by Giuseppe Benoni atop the Dogana building, Punta della Dogana
Venice, September 2013

“The museum's art is housed in and around the Dogana da Mar building. It was built between 1678 and 1682 as a customs house. The arcade styles reflect their construction in different eras. Atop the building are statues of Atlas, built to represent the supremacy of the Republic of Venice. The two slaves hold a golden ball upon which Giuseppe Benoni's Fortune stands. The 17th-century statue turns in the wind. The last renovation of the building was done by Alvise Pigazzi in 1838.”
(Dogana da Mar, Wikipedia)

1 comment:

Dina said...

Amazing, both the story and the sight.