Pilgrimage to Venice during the Time of the Pandemic, part 3

Light and Space

Although we did not go back to the Gallerie dell’ Accademia to revisit St. Wilgefortis, the message of the saint of embracing life with everything that is, seemed to be manifested in Venice itself. Brilliant, intensive light created crisp, clear shadows on bridges and arcade passageways, streaming into windows and doors and made the passageways of light even more visible. Light and Venice are so intimately intertwined that it is no wonder Venetian painters captured the light in their paintings.



Arcades of the Palace of the Doge (14th century)




Doge’s Palace




Doge’s Palace with the entrance to the inner rooms and no tourists




Light streaming into the Sala del Senato of the Palazzo Ducale.




Crisp reflections on the Canals








In addition to the intensive interplay between light and shadow, I do not know any other city where the feeling of space is so a dominant as it is in Venice. Openness and spaciousness are side by side closed and narrow spaces and this contrast leads to an even bigger awareness of spaces.



View from the Campanile (bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica) with the cupolas of the basilica in the foreground and view to Cannaregio in the northwestern part of the city.




Empty Piazza San Marco




View from the balustrade of St. Mark’s Basilica down to the piazza with the weekend “crowd”




The Chamber of the Great Council is one of the biggest rooms in Europe. At the end of the room, you see the throne of the Doge in front of the longest canvas painting in the world, Il Paradiso by Tintoretto.


There is also a very dark side to the palace – the secret denunciation places and the prison cells –  the absence of space and openness.





One of several mailboxes in and around the building of the Doge’s palace. Citizens could submit information on neighbours, accusing them of violating some laws. These accusations were always investigated and sentences were often harsh.




Bridge of Sighs connecting the interrogation rooms to the prison – the last chance of the prisoners to see the outside




Narrow walkways with small entrance doors to the prison cells




The space inside the Basilica de Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is overwhelming. It must have been especially impressive for the people in the 13th century, when the church was built. The church contains many monuments, including the memorial of Titian and Antonio Canova.




Inside one of the many synagogues in Cannaregio. When it was a synagogue, this area was only for men.




The limited space for women in the synagogue was in the balcony





Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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