Venice is on my mind today. I lived in Padova for a semester in college, just a short train ride away from the island. We'd pop in to visit the Academia, take a vaporetto ride, or find a good bowl of seafood risotto and a glass of vino. These rainy Spring days always feel like Venice to me.
Here are two beautiful and illustrative versions of La Bella Venezia that make me smile...
- This 15th century drawing in pen of the city of canals was found in a New York Public Library Digital Collections black hole that I fell into this week. Careful on the click-through... you may lose hours, too.
- The charming children's story, Zoe Sophia's Scrapbook by Claudia Mauner and Elisa Smalley includes aerial drawings of Venice, hand-lettered in case you lost your way to Piazza San Marco, as one always does. The book is peppered with illustrations of Zoe Sophia's ticket stubs, receipts from Caffe Florian, and even a notated daily planner that includes appointments for a visit to a glassblowing studio in Murano and a stop at the Ca'd'Oro. A girl after my own heart.
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