By James H. S. McGregor
Венеция возниклана губчатых бродах на краю пригодного для жилья мира. Защищенные в приливно-отливном устье от варварских захватчиков и Византийских повелителей, рыбаки, собиратели соли, и торговцы, поселившиеся там, создали земноводный образ жизни отличавшийся от всего, что когда-либо знала Римская империя. Об удивительном подвиге людей рассказДжеймса Х. Макгрегора, показавшегоэтот мир, превращенный вверх тормашками, с его водными путями, а не дорогами, его лодки привязывали рядом с жильем, и его средствами к существованию, собранными от моря. McGregor starts with the river currents that poured into the shallow Lagoon, carving channels in its mattress and
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Among the mosaics in the south transept is a sequence of great appeal and importance, because here, for the first time, the scene shifts from Saracen Alexandria to Venice, in fact to a location within the church of San Marco itself. “In that very church, enriched with gold and precious marble, it came about that over time the location of the most sacred relics was forgotten. And when, after careful inquiry, it became clear that no one knew where to find them, the whole city of Venice was St. Mark’s Basilica ordered to observe a three-day fast.
On the south side, a baptistery was built in and parts of a tower incorporated from the Doge’s Palace were combined with an adjacent space to create the fortified treasury. A new entryway facing south toward the Basin of San Marco was opened into the porch. Even before these additions were completed, the bare brick interior began to be covered with gold-ground mosaics. Venetian artists worked with masters from Constantinople to complete a program of decoration that welded the entire upper half of the basilica into a single composition even more adventurous and majestic in conception than Michelangelo’s Sistine ceiling.
A long list of other miracles follows, all testifying to the power of the newly recovered relics. These accounts may be factual, but certainly the first of them describing the woman possessed of seven devils is an embodied biblical citation as well as a miracle. The account in Mark’s Gospel of the Ascension, that crucial event that crowns Christ’s apostolic charge to his disciples, follows a description of his appearance to Mary Magdalene. 9). The woman cured by Mark’s relics recalls 57 58 VENICE FROM THE GROUND UP this passage and associates this story in a subtle way with the apostolic theme of the mosaic decoration throughout the church.
Venice from the Ground Up by James H. S. McGregor