Photographer's Note

Campo San Zaccaria, Castello, Venice, with the faade of the eponymous church.

Campo San Zaccaria is an attractive square dominated by the beautiful 15th/16th century church by Antonio Gambello and Mauro Codussi, built in a harmonious Venetian mixture of late-Gothic and Renaissance styles. To the right is a garden where you can glimpse the archways of the convent cloister. When 15th-century Venetian girls showed more interest in sailors than saints, they were sent to the convent adjoining San Zaccaria. The wealth showered on the church by their grateful parents is evident. Masterpieces by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto and Van Dyck crowd the walls. Bellini's altarpiece is such a treasure that Napoleon whisked it away to Paris for 20 years when he plundered the city in 1797.

This quintessentially calm and serene Venetian "campo" is just a stone's throw from the hordes tramping around Piazza San Marco. But as you can see, this square wasn't at all crowded. Just this elegant gentleman before that elegant faade.

EXIF data:

Focal length: 50mm
Shutter speed: 1/180 sec
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200

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