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The Bucintoro Departing from the Bacino di San Marco - Luca Carlevarijs, 1710

I love these massive canvases of Venice, so popular from the 16th to 18th centuries. Venice today is essentially a museum city, populated mainly by tourists, but in the heyday pictured here it was an exotic, bustling port at the center of a wealthy and powerful trading empire, the crossroads between East and West.

More about the Bucintoro (second photo) and its role in Venetian culture here.

@Regrann from @koviktor - Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square - Venice, Italy

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