Due Cavalli

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    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.

    J.T.R., jfvo, Clareify, emma_r, and 25 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. susygacs 93 months ago | reply

      First I thought it was a carousel... I love the melancholy of the pic any ways.

    2. J.T.R. 93 months ago | reply

      How many did you get off before they rousted you?

    3. J.T.R. 93 months ago | reply

      How many did you get off before they rousted you? Speaking of stealth, Henry's is throwing Minox mini cameras out the door for about $90.

    4. Ghost-Rider 93 months ago | reply


      I popped one shot in front of the altar, and I was brusquely shown the door for that. So, I waited, and after about a half hour, I got in line again and this time went upstairs to the balconies right away. Lurked to ensure the same securo wasn't up there also, and was very circumspect about taking a few more (Leica), which I'll post. There are surveillance cameras everywhere up there also. As well as a gift shop, and some very interesting small historical displays about the Basilica, well worth €2 to clamber up the steepest, narrowest, most uneven stairwell in Venice with big fat rude clueless day-tourists going the other way. Having said all of that, have a friend who was just hanging around one of the small non-main exits who was snagged by a priest to attend an evening Mass in the sacristy one afternoon. It was sublime, he said. So...everybody has got to go to the Basilica...but YMMV :-)

      I'd like a mini-Minox, but i doubt they'll still have any when I get to town.

    5. thomas cristopher 92 months ago | reply

      the dark and light theme is done very well here. ghostly and haunting. seriously beautiful capture.

    6. Ghost-Rider 92 months ago | reply

      Thanks so much - that's high praise indeed. I think it'll be even nicer when I scan the neg and bring a little more of the brickwork detail out. It was also a seriously lucky capture.
      BTW - I have really been enjoying your recent Black & White & Sepia postings.

    7. Clareify 92 months ago | reply

      thanks for risking yourself to take the photo! You inspired me to find something I am not supposed to shoot.. something that has to be done quickly, without too much thought but lots of determination.. that is probably why this photo has such an intense feeling to it.... cause the photographers current excitement came out through the photo!
      One of the reasons I joined Flickr... Inspiration!
      Thank you Ghost Rider guy!

    8. Ghost-Rider 92 months ago | reply

      Clareify - I can't wait to see what you do !!

      Oh, send me an e-mail if you need bail money :-)

    9. Clareify 92 months ago | reply

      well, maybe the photo will be worth something $$ wise to someone that will pay for the bail... but I won't be thinking that when hunt down the perfect photo crime!
      I will think "This one's for Ghost Rider"

    10. alysson.ferrari 92 months ago | reply

      i was recently in Venice, and I would really like to have taken a shot like this... these are really rather impressive sculptures!
      And congratulations, you got this very beautiful shot -- despite all the surveillance...

    11. WadeB 92 months ago | reply

      What a strong and haunting image!

    12. Ghost-Rider 92 months ago | reply

      Thanks - I'm glad so many folks like it, beacuse it is one of my favorites, and it was memorable to shoot.

    13. Ghost-Rider 91 months ago | reply

      I found a nice shot of the new replicas on the outside of the Basilica; here in Kent Mercurio's stream

      he has some nice night shots....I wonder what they would have been like in BW.

    14. Hans Ollermann 86 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Ancient Greek and Roman Sculpture, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    15. Ghost-Rider 86 months ago | reply

      You got it - Hans - Done ! Thanks for the invite!

    16. Marilee Spencer 82 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Exceptional Horse Sculpture, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. Ghost-Rider 82 months ago | reply

      You got it keolablue! Thanks...

    18. LeszekZadlo 80 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 100 + Viewed Best Archaeology, Old Art & Ruins (add 1, award 1), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    19. Ghost-Rider 80 months ago | reply

      LeszekZadlo You got it! Thanks for the invite!

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