VENICE. PONTE DEI SOSPIRI IN TWILIGHT by IGOR SAKUROV.
Belongs to the gallery RUSSIAN ARTISTS NEW WAVE.
Bridge of Sighs - Ponte dei Sospiri.
The Bridge of Sighs is one of Venice's beloved landmarks, shrouded in mystery and legend. The graceful arched structure was built in 1600 to link the Doge's Palace with the building across the canal, which held the Republic's prison. The decorative passageway is built of white limestone and bears carvings and embellishments. It is completely enclosed and has stone lattice-like screens over the windows, purportedly put there to conceal the prisoners (as well as the executioners) from public view.
The prison was famously called the piombi (the leads) because of its lead-lined cells. Casanova was a prisoner who notoriously escaped from the "leads" in 1756 and wrote about it in his memoirs. Most prisoners met other fates, and the story says that their wistful sighs upon crossing the bridge on the way to their executions gave it the name Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs). The semi-obscured view through the lattice was their last glimpse of the lagoon, causing them to sigh in despair.
June 20th, 2015
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