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Beauty of the medieval clocks sweeps off feet. It’s hard to decide which of them should be first. Eenie, meenie, minie, mo… The clock on the XV-century Torre dell’Orologio on Piazza dei San Marco in Venice! You can see it in the paintings of Canaletto, as well as on numerous contemporary photos. (Apparently, it’s one of the most frequently photographed monuments of Venice). No wonder, it’s so beautiful! Just look…

Canaletto, La Piazzetta verso la torre dell’Orologio, 1730, painting on canvas, Kansas City, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Canaletto, La Piazzetta verso la torre dell’Orologio, 1730, painting on canvas, Kansas City, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Face of the clock has a diameter of 4.5 meters – nearly 2-storey house (sic!). It presents not only 24 hours, but also phases of the moon, sun position at elliptical galaxy and signs of the zodiac. Everything your heart desires.

I’ve tried. I’ve painted it. Not one to one, of course, because it wouldn’t fit in my place. But 1:10 also sounds great, doesn’t it? Many days of sketching, playing with compass, applying another and another tempera coat, polishing up and there it is! Done! Full of bucking shooters, coquettish maidens and fattened rams against the starry sky 🙂

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I invite You also for a clock-journey to Cremona and Padua!

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