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Located near the region of San Polo, the history San Silvestro can be traced back to as early as 12th Century when it was built. San Silvestro was destroyed during 1800s and was reconstructed soon after. The reconstruction is believed to be done by the famous Italian architect Giovanni Meduna. This church has been renovated several times throughout the centuries and features elements from Baroque and Renaissance architectural designs. San Silvestro is popular for possessing the artwork by Johann Carl Loth, showcasing baby Jesus presented to God. Presently, this church is a place of worship for Roman Catholics and is a popular destination for art and architecture enthusiasts.
In the decade of 1470s, Virgin Mary's image Miracoli was credited with performing numerous miracles including bringing back a dead person to life. To commemorate this holy symbol, architect Pietro Lombardo constructed the iconic Santa Maria dei Miracoli church in the 1480s using only marble. Today, it stands as a relic, being one of the first monuments built using Venetian Renaissance architecture. Its stylish marble façade and interiors made from gray, pink and pure white marble draw tourists and locals alike for repeated visits. It is also remarkable for its architectural elements tweaked to give the impression of a spacious church, utilizing pilasters, arches and arcades in a clever manner. Due to its notable interior design, it is also a favored destination for fashionable weddings.
Situated near Castello, was constructed in 9th Century. This church is believed to be a part of an adjacent monastery. The present structure seen dates back to 16th Century when it went through major renovations. Though the church looks simple from its outside, it is known for featuring elements designed by famous Italian sculptors, Girolamo Campagna and Giovanni Maria da Cannaregio. The church faced major destruction during the World War era and was later restored. This church property has also been used as a convent and was a hospital for nuns.
The Vedova Studio was the great studio where Emilio Vedova worked since the early 1970s. After using the studios of the Church of San Gregorio, and of Magazzini del Sale (he left them only after saving them from demolition), he came to rest at this spot. Emilio Vedova was particularly proud of his 'big cave', as he called it. The Foundation is supervised by Renzo Piano, who directed the renovation of Magazzini del Sale. The Foundation has two exhibitions spaces, the Studio Vedova and Magazzini del Sale.
Just around the corner from the Galleria dell'Accademia, on the Grand Canal is one of Venice's premier museums. This world-famous museum is run by the same institution, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, that manages the renowned Guggenheim Museum in New York. Peggy Guggenheim, was interested in contemporary art and came into contact with various artists who guided and educated her, including Alexander Calder and Marcel Duchamp. This museum houses her collection of contemporary art such as works by Bacon, Balla, Brancusi and Chagall. You'll also find masterpieces by the likes of De Chirico, Kandinsky, Klee, El Lissitskj, Magritte, Man Ray, Picasso and Pollock.
Murano, the island to the north of Venice, is known for its glass-making skills. Consequently, tourists and locals alike shop in Murano and Venice for beautiful glassware and lamp works. MA.RE Glass is both an art gallery and a shop and has gained critical acclaim in prestigious publications. Its decorative panels, chandeliers, vases and glass art boast of fine Italian workmanship and its clients include luxury hotels, yacht owners as well as individual collectors. Only the finest glass artists in Venice and Italy are invited by the owner to create its merchandise. Its cutlery, barware and crystal glass works showcase elegance, fine detailing and often sport fluid elements, reminiscent of flowing water and the sea world. It also sells blue glass items depicting fish, snails octopus and other molluscs.