Mark and Venice
One might think that Mark would not have been particularly
impressed with the idea; in the first century the Venetian lagoon was
nothing more than a muddy, malarial swamp. The busy boatyard scene in the
background of the painting by Domenico Robusti (Tintoretto's son) is pure
I hesitate to upset the Venetians, nice people all of
them, but one can't help but believe that the story itself is all fantasy, and
politically motivated fantasy at that. The first sentence of the Latin
quote was lifted from the supposed words of Christ to St Mark when Mark
was languishing in prison in Alexandria. The whole story was probably concocted in the
thirteenth century, to justify the events of 828.
But never mind all that scepticism - I'm sure the Venetians will stick to their guns. They will even tell you exactly where the dream took place - near the church of San Francesco della Vigna in Castello.