sabato 23 dicembre 2017

Venice, a maritime superpower

Return from Levant (Gianfranco Munerotto, Venetian '30 guns' frigate, oil on canvas, cm 80 x 60, Venice)

I have recently purchased another masterpiece from Gianfranco Munerotto, a painter who has been dedicating himself to the study of the naval history of the Venetian lagoon for over thirty years.  

" Cultivate the sea, and leave the earth.. "

This phrase, from a sixteenth century doge (Tomaso Mocenigo), is the perfect expression of Venice's symbiotic relationshiop with the sea, and the motto of a maritime superpower.

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