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  • Writer's pictureVan Weyenbergh Fine Art

Huge catastrophe in Venice after floodings!

Since 1966, Venice had not known acqua alta (high tide) of this magnitude. November 12, St. Mark's Square, the lowest point of the city of the Doges, suddenly found engulfed under 7 feet of water. St. Mark's Basilica, a true jewel of the city built in 828, is one of the most severely damaged monuments: the water rushed into the crypt of the twelfth century, reaching in some places more than a meter high and jeopardizing the balance of the columns. She then submerged the floor of the vestibule (or fore-nave) whose medieval mosaics and marbles were touched. For archbishop Francesco Moraglia, this may cause "irreparable damage, especially when the lower part of the mosaics and tiles will dry." The intendant of St. Mark's Basilica, Pierpaolo Campostrini, recalled that only five floods of this severity had marked the history of the building, three in the last twenty years, including one last autumn, foreshadowing a dark future instead. In 2018, the natural disaster had caused nearly 2.2 million euros of damage.

But the basilica is not the only victim of bad weather. The Gothic palace of Ca 'Foscari was also damaged, while a fire broke out at the Museum of Modern Art of Ca' Pesaro following the flood of a unit of electricity that caused a short -circuit. No artwork has been compromised but the ground floor has partially collapsed. Several other museums and theaters have closed temporarily, including the spaces Pinault (Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana) and La Fenice. Doge's Palace, Ca 'Rezzonico, Palazzo Mocenigo's Perfume Museum, Carlo Goldoni's House, Fortuny Palace, Natural History Museum, Correr Museum, Clock Tower, Glass Museum from Murano, the Burano Lace Museum and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are expected to reopen this weekend. The Biennale of Contemporary Art, which was to run without interruption until November 24, had to close exceptionally November 13

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