Prophetable (Venezia 175)

I’ve mentioned San Moisè (St Moses) before; it’s the church so hated by Ruskin and which features those dubious camels amongst the abundant decoration of the façade.

There had been a church on this site for over 800 years before the Renaissance rebuilding of 1632 which reportedly cost 30,000 ducats.  Now I’m not up on current ducat exchange rates, but it’s fair to say this didn’t come cheaply.  The benefactors were the Fini family, one of the most influential within Venice, though some sources suggest that they bought their way into Venetian society after fleeing Cyprus in the 16th Century.   The sculptures, by Heinrich Meyring, represent the extent of their trade; hence those strange beasts.

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