17 :: Venetian Gondola

A natural trading port for Mediterranean nations, Venice quickly became one of the busiest harbours. Venetian sailors and navigators were privy to the secrets of the sea.

 

One typical boat is still used in Venice: the gondola. Edmond Lecouvie must have found it difficult to represent it in narwhal ivory, as the classic forms at stem and stern are not recognizable.

 

The main point, however, is that the craftsman-sculptor added the fame of the gondola to his reasons for loving ships and the sea. Litterature and music have, each in its own way, immortalized the Venetian gondola and celebrated love as sung by the gondolieri.