The Piazza San Marco in Venice (1723-24), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid: In the Rhythmic Dimensions of Space

In the Rhythmic Dimensions of Space

Painting Detail: The Piazza San Marco in Venice(1723-1724) by Canaletto (1697-1768)

Presently at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza,Madrid, 1993.

For information, thankful to Google Art Project and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid


Stones embroider the brazen earth

Erect structures manifest life

And bring music of the spheres in the market square

Venice in its intense of moments is also another city

As every artist lives in another being, in another person

Familiar though unknown before the final quest

Before the last afternoons among the Campanile

Among St Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace

Where the hour is like the golden hands of eternity

That majestic and wonderful time

That makes moments gloss with virgin history

Across the annals in the courtyards of kings

Or else in solitary hermitages along the riverside

Or among temples and palaces in Varanasi

In ferryboats or gondolas where nothing is lost but found again

As an old artifice, this city, its movements and stills

That focuses on illuminations from within a point

The silence behind every vision, behind the sound

That creates the alter of its own masterpiece

And unveils the beauty of its cosmic science

Finds its order in the rhythms of dance

And space filled with colors in, the in absentia of death.

– Joy Roy Choudhury