Day 9: VENEZIA
• Boat bus to Murano
o This was my absolute favorite island. There was blown glass everywhere. The colors of the glass very which makes walking around Murano so interesting. It’s a very stimulating island. While we were there we had the pleasure of watching and master glass blower at work.
• Boat bus to Lido
o Lido was a very colorful city all the building varied in color. It seemed like a happy and cheerful place. Lido is known as the vacation spot due to its island has the best beach. It is also the place where the Italian film festivals are held.
• Doge’s Palace is a Venetian gothic building in Venice. This palace was built facing the lagoon. The palace was reinitiated after a fire and is now utilized as a museum.
• Manet exhibit was held in some of the room of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. We had the honor to observe Olympia and the Venus of Urbino.
o Olympia (by Manet) is a painting that illustrates a milky white nude courtesan, a black maid, and a black cat. This painting humanizes protestation, which in this time period was something that was not talked about. The black cat in this painting is a demonic sign or others say is promote sexual freedom and choice.
o Venus of Urbino (by Titian) was displayed next to Olympia. The difference in this painting is that it illustrated a nude young woman (Venus), her servants, and a dog that is a symbol of fidelity. Even though both painting are showing a suggestive situation Titian’s painting was considered more expectable, but also unapologetically erotic.