Grant Allen Venice Volume N . 1

ISBN 13: 9781236579942

Venice Volume N . 1

9781236579942: Venice Volume N . 1
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...goes to Alexandria: he heals the cobbler Anianus; above, he preaches the Gospel; he baptises. The wall beneath this arch continues the history, though not, it seems to me, in chronological order; Herod orders the imprisonment of St. Peter; the angel delivers him from prison. The martyrdom of St. Mark is next shown: then, his disciples bury his body. The great arch to the right of the High Altar, at the south wall of the Presbytery, stands over the chapel of St. Clement, and has perhaps the earliest, and certainly the most interesting, mosaics in the whole Basilica. These repre sent the history of the body of St. Mark after his death, and its direct connection with the City of Venice. To the left, above, is seen a single arch with the word "Alexandria;" to the right of this the priest Theodore and the monk Stauracius, Alexandrian Christians, are seen confiding the body of St. Mark to the care of Tribunus and Rusticus, Venetian traders then at Alexandria; still further right, Tribunus and Rusticus (all the figures being fully named), carry the body of the saint in a basket for embarkation; the inscription above naively confesses that this is an act of theft--it runs: Marcum furantur: Kansir hi vociferantur, "They steal the body of Mark; they cry as they come, Kanzir," i. e., pork. Below, they hide the body in the sails of the ship, while Theodore and Stauracius stand by in order to deceive the Mohammedan custom-house officials. On the wall between the two halves of the arch, are the departure of the bark from Alexandria, and its arrival at Venice. On the right side of the arch (again) is seen, above, the miracle of the storm, in which the ship is nearly driven on the islands of the lagoon, marked by name, estuarie; St. Mark...

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