On Viewing Canaletto's Painting of Saint Mark's Square (Poem)

Canaletto's Saint Mark's Square
Canaletto's Saint Mark's Square

On Viewing Canaletto's Painting of Saint Mark' s Square (A Poem)

I stand and stare at a framed painting

of Giovanni Antonio Canaletto's Piazza

San Marco to recall our own Venetian

days of riding the vaporetto on the

Grand Canal, under an orange ball of

sun, to land at Saint Mark's Square and

walk past swarms of pigeons as we enter

the ancient, aging, crumbling basilica

and approach the sarcophagus of gospel

writer Saint Mark placed here, after hundreds

of years in Egypt, in his final resting place

under four grand domes and a campanile

rising to the sky where we emerge into a

bright sun and amble along the winding

Venetian streets framed with canals gleaming

in the sun and hundreds of pigeons and merchants.

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for showing this beautiful painting which was done in a very unusual light which makes it more fascinating.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks for your comment, Hello, hello.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Richard - I love the idea of creating a poem about a painting! You are so good at putting your reader into a picture, whether it's a painting or someplace that you have visited.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you, Dolores. Picture--Poems can be lots of fun to write.

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