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The History of Venice Gondola
Thinking of Venice can not imagine it without the symbol that distinguishes the Gondola. But how many people know the history of this boat so special that is Venice?
The gondola has undergone many transformations over the centuries and today’s version is the result of a long process of evolution. The history of the gondola is intertwined with the history of Venice. The first pictures of this boat we can already find them in paintings XV-XVI century, even if the shape appeared to be quite different. In fact, in the context of Bellini’s “Miracle of the Cross fall into the canal of St. Lawrence“, the gondola will appear shorter and less slender than the present, without asymmetrical shapes. It’s just between 1600 and 1700 that the physiognomy of the gondola begins to approach the current one. The stern, but also the bow, appears higher than that of the previous representations and also the shape becomes more elongated. Also aft is added a small platform of support to ensure the balance of the gondolier. During the 800 then the stern and the bow still continue to rise with respect to the surface of the water to improve the maneuverability of the hull. And, in order to improve operations, add in the form of a small gondola symmetry and a further rise in the stern and the bow will be more evident, however, only starting dal’900.