A fraction of the whole (Venezia 140)

Although the shape of Piazza San Marco and the long colonnaded porticos around it focus you both physically and visually towards the Basilica San Marco there is so much going on within that crowded space that it is very easy to overlook the church of gold.  Particularly when so much of it is covered in scaffolding, tarpaulin and wooden boards at the moment.  The symmetry and repetition of its curved arches, lunettes and domes is completely destroyed when half of them are hidden behind rectangles.

Even the rays of the setting sun, which often show the cathedral in its best light as the yellow rays reflect from the golden mosaic, are fighting a losing battle against blocks of grey.

For the determined viewer, it is the detail of the remainder that impresses, and as Jagger sang so long ago

You can’t always get what you want.

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