Antico Crocifisso sul muro della Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - Venezia
"Ancient Crucifix on the wall of the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - Venice"...
The complexity and aggregate of all the artwork involved in this presentation are a bit overwhelming. It is surely not the norm for the simplistic stylings of the Franciscans. However, the Basilica di Frari is one of my most favorite churches in all of Italy. Outwardly nondescript, walking through the doorway, one is instantly overwhelmed by its ancient beauty and grandeur. My imagination explodes with a fascinating impression of great history, aesthetic brilliance and the “Holy” who have embarked upon this monumental “Basilica masterpiece!” Although I managed to sneak a few images, photography was restricted on my first visit. However, on our Pilgrimage of 2019, a small entrance fee allowed for unlimited actuations. “Frari,” is a very large Gothic church of the early 15th-century now filled with elaborate paintings and tombs. The interior is light and spacious and claims are often made for the Frari being almost a museum of Venetian Renaissance art. The Assumption of the Virgin is a brilliant large altarpiece painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Titian. It is the largest altarpiece in the city and necessitated by the very large church. This ancient crucifix with “Golden Jesus” is suspended starkly on one of the rearmost antique walls facing a multitude of Chapels. The juxtaposition of the gold contrasts with the furrowed surface, however displaying a perfect synergy for the reverent display. Just like most former tourists of Italy, one yearns for the delectable anamnesis of Gelato. I agree with that memorable thought, but I also hunger and languish for Venice and all its hidden spirituality that most simply overlook such as the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.
- Dino Carbetta
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- Dino's 2019 Pellegrinaggio