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Dolphins and scrolls 
31st-Oct-2008 02:47 pm
Printperson divina
After yesterday's visit to the dinosaur, I thought I might look at the natural history offerings around Venice. I went to the Naval History Museum this morning, intending to draw in the shell room on the top floor but got distracted by the decorative carvings on 17th century Venetian boats.

Left: cast iron table bases in the Museo Storico Navale. The tables support ship models.
Right: Carved dolphin decoration on the side of a 17th century Venetian galley.

Left: vegetal/shell decoration on the side of boat (I didn't take note of the date)
Right: quick sketch of a huge etching designed by Luigi Vanvitelli, etched by Giovanni Vasi, Port of Ancona, 1732. The enframing design is composed of navigational instruments, banners, maps, coat of arms, flags, sails.
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