I chose the campo Santa Maria del Giglio because of its simple beauty and Baroque style architecture that seems to be less frequent around Venice. I loved the splashes of color on the buildings that litter the campo. The warm hues drew me in and kept me interested.
This first building has a very simple architectural design and a calle, or narrow alleyway, right outside of the shot. This building caught my attention due to its simplicity. The yellow building right next to this orange one has ogee arches on top of some of the windows with the other windows being just simple rectangles with no extra finishes.
Another building bathed in a warm, inviting color. The shutters rest inside the window, which seemed a bit odd to me at first. I’m used to seeing shutters outside of the window itself. You can slightly see the doric column in the bottom righthand corner of the photo.
One of the most noticeable feature of this church are the many ionic columns with volutes. This Church also has: a couple of crockets, lunettes, marble relief maps, nave ceiling, pilaster on canal facade, segmental pediment, aedicule, stilted arch, string course, ornate statues of the family members, chiaroscuro effects, and tondi. All of these finishes and intricacies are why this church is a great example of Baroque architecture. Baroque style aimed to overly embellish simple facades with ornate touches. Without all of the carvings and marble reliefs, this church would be relatively simple on the outside. Baroque also tended to be secular, as Chiesa di Santa Maria Zobenigo demonstrates. This is a church dedicated to the wealthy Jubanico family. The statues aren’t religious, but depictions of the family members. Before the Baroque period, this secular representation would have been frowned upon.
Six light windows on the inviting yellow building with a string course near the roof. Also, a balustrade-esque detail on the small balcony area in the middle.
More six light windows with biforate windows in the middle supported by stilted arches.
Campo Santa Maria del Giglio is different than a lot of the other campi that I have walked through or spent time in. All of the surrounding buildings have warm colors painted upon their outside. There are also many plants either growing up buildings or sitting peacefully in planter boxes on window ledges. Plants are something of a rarity around Venice. This campo is teeming with warmth, light, and life. It’s relatively close to Piazza San Marco, meaning that a lot of foot traffic makes its way through every day. The space within the campo is used for restaurants and hotels mostly, making it very open and welcoming to guests and visitors just as the warm hues would imply. I like that they don’t try to fill the big open space that the campo has in the middle. It’s left as a place for people stand or sit and fully take in the beauty of the campo.
I’d imagine that this campo serves as a perfect gathering place for friends before a night out or place of meeting for Sunday brunch. It’s slightly off the beaten path, but close enough to the canal and Piazza San Marco to make it easily accessible. It’s a hidden gem within a city of endless campi. It could be easily missed if you’re just bustling through on your way to the next destination. The church and colorful buildings are what truly distinguishes this campo from others. It’s calm and less hectic than other campi.
Campo Santa Maria del Giglio seems to me like one of the places that the locals would tell you about. It’s not quite as grand as some campi, but it has more going on than others. This campo is a lovely balance between over-the-top and bare-bones simplicity. I found this balance to be inviting and comforting in a city that’s constantly hustling and bustling.