Among the most lively and expressive horses ever sculpted, these four horses were plundered from Constantinople, placed on the Basilica facing Palazzo San Marco, and subsequently plundered from Venice by Napoleon, and eventually returned.
Following decades if not centuries of environmental damage, they were restored, placed inside the Basilica, and duplicated. The duplicates now adorn the exterior of Basilica San Marco. Some more history of these amazing sculptures here
The patina on the originals is very unusual, giving a beautiful weathered luminous glow, and has been studied extensively. Its definitely worth seeing them - but photos are not allowed of course - expect a high degree of surveillance. And zero tolerance.
Norita 66, 800 film, hand held.