Venice has 'captured' the heart, mind and imagination of so many writers, poets, artists and historians. Venice is one of my favourite subjects in art, literature and history, and I am always eager to learn more and look more at this unique and special place. This Venice blog is my way of collecting the wealth of images, poems, prose and impressions of Venice.

Saturday 2 February 2013

What I'm reading: A Venetian Theory of Heaven - Part 4

‘London for a ceiling from Ca’ Contarini’

William Riviere, A Venetian Theory of Heaven, Sceptre, 1992

Here, Riviere is referring to a ceiling by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo dated around 1754 -8 which was originally in the Palazzo Contarini.  Titled An Allegory with Venus and Time, the ceiling may have been commissioned to celebrate the birth of an heir in the family, as in the painting, Venus is handing a little boy to the figure of Time.

 The ceiling was acquired by the National Gallery of London in the late 1960s.

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