St. Mark's winged lion, the mascot of Venice - Detail of the Clock Tower
The winged lion is a metaphoricat representaton of Mark the Evangelist, protector of Venice, a symbol that is typical of the type of Christian iconography that is derived from the profetic visions of the Apocalypse, written on the island of Patmos by the Apostle John.
The winged lion appears with open book in its hand, bearing the Latin words PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEUS - Peace to you, Mark my Evangelist. The image of the lion also represents strenght, pride, might and capacity to administer peace and justice.
Venetian carneval mask
Venetian masks can be made of leather, porcelain or with the original glass technique. The original masks were rather simple in design, decoration, and often had a symbolic and practical function. Nowadays, most of them are made with the application of gesso and gold leaf and are all hand-painted using natural feathers and gems to decorate.
And of course romantic gondolas.
22. 5. 2003
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