16 January 2008

Your "lion" eyes

Bet money on it! This gorgeous Venetian beast will outlast you in a staredown contest every time.

He lives on the façade of the Museo Storico Navale at the Arsenale. And it can be quite startling to glance up and see him peering down. I marvel at how his sculptor created the deep hollow pupils that make his eyes seem to bore straight into me in such an unnerving fashion. I also like his lush curls (particularly the fringe behind his knees), his powerful paws, his roundy ears, and his feathery wings.

But it’s those eyes that give me a little shiver!