Murano Island and Glass and Cemetary
Trip Start Feb 05, 2010
101Trip End May 20, 2010
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We visit San Pietro di Castello Church which we can see from our apartment. It has a pleasant grassy area outside and a fun leaning tower. Inside, the main item of interest for me is the small
collection of old chairs.
We then visit a Gothic Church - S. Giovanni e Paolo (2.5E). It is next to a hospital whose renaissance facade is so attractive, I thought it was the church or a museum. It is common for government buildings to be interesting architecturally so you think they are a museum or
other tourist site.
We go the island of San Michele which is entirely a cemitero (cemetery)
and one church
looks lovely as you see it from a distance. We enjoy visiting the
cemetery which has lots of fresh flowers. We make a pilgrimage to the
grave of Igor Stravinsky – thanks for your music. It is a very
simple grave. One touching grave of a child showed a child next to a
ladder going to heaven with an angel at the top of the ladder. It was
Napoleon's idea to have a cemetary here. He wanted the buried to be
away from residential areas.
We then visit the island of Murano. Venice's glass making industry was moved here to avoid the hazard of fire in the city. We go to one short glass making demonstration in which a horse is made. The Vetro (glass) museum is worthwhile (6.5E). One floor has pieces from the
first century and the next floor has pieces from the 14th-21st century.
One type of glass work I hadn't see before was a centerpiece designed to look like “an Italian garden with fountains, arches, ports, flowers, and flower beds” (museum label). This type of 18th
century centerpiece might adorn a Doge's table
There was an exhibit on how glass is made. I read that “glass is obtained from the gradual solidification of a viscous paste which is made by fusing together various crystalline minerals at very high temperatures” When glass is red hot “it is like a mailable putty” and “can be moulded and modelled” (museum sign). I reached enlightenment in the peaceful garden outside the museum by touching a glass art piece called 'Enlightenment'. The WC at the museum is free
and can be accessed without going into the museum.
Very near the museum is the Basilica of Santa Maria e Donato. It has an interesting uneven mosaic floor. Some students were making stencils of parts of the floor. There is also a large mosaic of Virgin Mary above the aspe. It is unusual because the background is plain gold
instead of having lots of other figures or details.
I enjoyed seeing various low brow silly glass pieces. Some memorable ones included: Munch's 'The Scream', Bart Simpson steering a gondola, an eye doctor with a glass pair or glasses, a dentist with a patient in a dental chair, a Jewish wedding under a canopy complete with the
glass that is crushed as part of the service, an orchetra made from black, white and red glass, and Hamlet with the skull of Yorick.
There are several large outdoor glass pieces which were good
the Church of Saint Peter the Maytyr. A memorable piece was called 'Vitea'. It is a someone robotic female figure, hard to describe.
Steve found out from a local at a bar he might be able to pick up wi-fi at a nearby bridge. Sure enough, he is able to connect to VeniceConnected.com. The cost is 25E for seven days. The website also has lots of other Venice information.