Monday, April 12, 2010

Barbarian Cavalli

As you stand along a well-traveled canal, you can pick out the subtle differences between the different gondolas that pass by. Many have small details that point towards a theme, but in an understated way.

This was not the case with the boat in this post.

When this gondola cruised by, and I saw the cavalli, I half expected to see Conan the Barbarian rowing on the back.

The brass dragon-like creatures were bold and had a look all their own. Many other areas on the boat, such as the pusioli and fodre had carvings that matched the cavalli that seemed to hint that the gondolier would rather play heavy metal than host an accordion player on his boat.

Here's a close-up of one of the brass beasts:

And the other:

As each gondolier strives to make his boat a little different from the rest, some are more bold than others.

I'm not sure I'd like to see all the beautiful and traditional brass horses in Venice replaced by heavy-metal dragons, but I've gotta give the guy some credit for stepping out and making a statement.

And of course, if some other gondolier steals his cavalli, they won't be hard to spot when they show up on another boat.

1 comment:

Tamás said...

Actually a dragon would not be too alien for a venetian boat! Supposedly Marco Polo brought the sandolo's design straight from China. Maybe he got some sketches of dragons, besides plans for boats?

BTW, the other venetian patron saint besides Marco, Theodore is supposed to have a dragon, much like St. George.

(These unicorn dragons do look barbarian. Note that the first venetians originally moved into the lagoons, so the barbarian couldn't reach them.)