Sestière San Marco
Delimited by the Calle della Verona, by
the homonymous "rio" (channel)
and by the Calle della Madonna, stands a
horrible block of buildings erected in the
benittian era in a revival style imitating
Originally it was meant for the Public Baths;
today it gives hospitality partly to the
Street-cleaner Service and partly to the
Offices in charge of the reconstruction
of the theatre La Fenice.
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....Sole remarkable aspect of the Hotel
Danieli is that modern building erected
within 1946 and '48 as a sort of gigantic
marble lavatory commonly known as the Danielino.
The main responsible of such a work is no
doubt the City Administration rather than
the fool unrespectful architect.
.....Regarding the architectural crime committed,
the sole suggestion worth considering is
the expropriation of the area and the immediate
demolition of the new dependance of the
Danieli, that would be at least a moral
indemnity towards Venice.
As many times in the past no hairs were
split for demolishing buildings of architectural
and historical value, I repute that no one
would raise objections now for this disgrace.
As for curiosity you should know that such
distinguished architectural crap is patronaged
by the Fine Arts.
S.O.S. for the clock
of Santa Maria Formosa
The 18th century clock of Santa Maria Formosa's
belltower was regularly working till the
seventies, then due to the fact that the
necessary weekly loading of the machinery
was neglected, it rapidly broke down. Due
to maintenance failure, Venice has lost
a precious clockwork made by the craftsman
About 1992 Palace Donà delle Rose
(17th century), facing Rio Terrà
della Maddalena, already damaged by a denigrating
division of the volumes which had dismembered
the noble first floor, was further on disfigured
by the removal of the baroque main door.
I wonder why the competent authority did
not take action when the Bank of Naples
altered the door? Why is the unpunished
destruction of the city allowed without
anyone trying to stop it? The Bank Ambrosiana
Popolare Veneta following the Bank of Naples
could do something as regards the settling
of the original door or a similar one, since
preserving the present door is a real proof
of contempt towards Venice and outrages
both the sumptuousness of the palace and
the dignity of the Venetian civilization.
Theft of Bellini
On March 1st 1993 a valuable painting of
the Madonna with Child by Giovanni Bellini
dated 1478 was stolen from the church of
That was a great loss for our city and unfortunately
the work has not been found yet. Waiting
for this happy moment, perhaps it would
be a good thing setting a copy of the painting
on the altar instead leaving it empty.
From the prospect facing Rio de le Becarie
we can see how Palazzo Sansoni (n.898) was
destroyed in a barbarian way. Please notice
how, by dividing the noble floor for speculative
purpose, the whole valuable building suffered
considerable damages. Who is to blame? Either
the author of this havoc, "ignorant
person" no doubt, or the government
unable to intervene in order to stop immediately
this insult to the artistic patrimony of
Al civico 1569 è un palazzetto rinascimentale
al cui interno sono state commesse At city
number 1569 there is a small renaissance
mansion in whose internal some changes of
very bad taste were made, such as an abhorrent
cement connection between the renaissance
external staircase of the courtyard and
part of the first floor.
A gothic well cut in two
At city number 1895/C, in the Carampane
neighbourhood, in September 1999 I could
see by chance in an inner courtyard a gothic
well cut in two and put near the wall.
I wonder if the balcony located in Calle
Rosa at city number 2225 is a building abuse,
since I can hardly believe a disgrace like
that may have ever been authorized.
A capital to restore
In sotoportego (little porch) di Siora Bettina
you can see a stone capital dating back
to the 17th century, kept in an awkward
state of preservation.
What is the Fine Arts waiting for being
Appeal to the painter
For Heaven's sake do not present us with
your paintings, please save us from further
art, since we are already immersed in art
and too much art, especially modern, makes
us feel sick.