01 August 2008

Blogpostcard: Orologio

The makers of this fantastic clock in the Piazza were blinded to prevent them from selling their mechanical secrets to other cities. I find it most interesting that the dominant image is the intricate, astrological theme clock face, which is much bigger than the beloved winged lion symbol of St. Mark or the Virgin on her little balcony. I believe it illustrates Venice’s integration of the mystical in her public image and political thought, and her independence from the Vatican.

If you are lucky enough to be here on January 6th, the feast of Epiphany, you can see the figures of the Magi, their gifts in hand, come out of the little doors and circle the Virgin and Christ Child.