I wondered through the streets of sestiere San Polo and Santa Croce, and then crossed the wooden Ponte dell'Accademia to arrive at the Dorsoduro sestiere and the Gallerie dell'Accademia - which holds the largest collection of Venetian paintings. I climbed the stairs up to the first floor and and was amazed by the most beautiful ceiling full of carved and gilded angels interspersed with oil paintings. I was as much impressed by that ceiling as any of the paintings that I saw at the Accademia. There was so much to see here that I didn't bother taking down the names of artists/titles of paintings, I just let my eyes and camera feast on what pleased them. Many of the paintings were executed on such a huge scale that I found myself just homing in on certain details or figures.
This painting made me smile, especially the handling of the brown cow with a human-style face. I wonder what made the artist put the eyes on the front of the the face rather than to the side of the head as they should be.
I enjoyed seeing the depictions of these Renaissance era gondoliers plying their trade on the Grand Canal and comparing them to the current day real things just outside the gallery walls.
I wasn't sure if this horse was a model for one of those featured in the quadriga on the facade of St Mark's Basilica, but it was very nicely rendered.
Campo della Carità