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Crew of Carvers
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David Ducharme  
  The plague
The Plague
   The plague epidemic and the ones of other contagious illnesses (and specifically the pandemics of 1348, 1576, and 1630) deeply marked the history of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, not only for the great loss of human lives, demographic catastrophe, and the consequent economic disaster, but also because the “Black Death” (was commonly felt as “punishment of the sins”, as divine punishment) modified behaviours, the relations between people, and the vision of community life. However, at the same time the fear of the collective death (that is the death of the State) urged the Venetian Government to organise a public health defence system that within the limits of knowledge and techniques of the period, still seems extraordinary and left an indelible trace in medical history. The name that universally indentifies the hospital for contagious patients is called “Lazzaretto” (Lazaretto), a Venetian word (combination between St. Mary of Nazareth, first place of quarantine established in Venice, and Lazarus, patron saint of the plague-ridden).
While official medicine said the cause of the plague was due to  astrological, humoral  factors etc., in the pandemic of 1348, the Venetians sensed that the plague spread from person to person and through contact with infected objects and goods. For this reason measures were taken so that the ships that reached Venice, coming from “suspended” places (that is interdicted because there was news about epidemics) or they were without “fedi di sanità” (certificates of health fitness), were isolated in places of “quarantine” for crews, passengers, and goods, among which the "Lazareto Novo" (New Lazaretto); founded in 1468, in front of Sant’Erasmo, called this way to distinguish it from the "Lazareto Vecio" (Old Lazaretto 1423) located near the Lido that was used as hospital for the clear cases of illness.

The Master Sand Sculptors
1.) Susanne Ruseler - Holland
the Doge & The Lion of Venice

2.)
Ilya Filamontsev - Russia
 Invasion of the Goths


3.)
Etual Ojeda -Spain
The relics of St Mark
4.)  Karen Fralich - Canada
The Pope, Barbarossa & the Doge

5.)
Brad Goll - USA
Arsenale & Buccintoro


6.) John Gowdy - Italy
Doctor
7.) John Gowdy - Italy
 Merchants


8.) John Gowdy - Italy
Pprinters

9.) Sikke-Bart Freiling - Netherlands
Santa Maria Salute church
10.) Bill Dow  - USA
Casanova at Piombi


11.)
Leonardo Ugolini - Italy
St Marks Basilica

 
12.)
Michela Ciapinni - Italy
Rialto Bridge

13.) David Ducharme - Canada
The plague


14.)
Andrius Petkus - Lithuania
Old Carnivale

Damon Farmer - USA
Scenic paintings
With:  
Arena Ojeda - Spain       Christine Nichol - Canada       Hazel Nichol Ducharme - Canada      Laura Gowdy Cimador - Italy
And the
 Art Student Helpers
Lisa Longo

Giorgia Lovato
Davide Ercocano

Silvia Trevisan
Giulia Girardi

Beatrice Mattiuzzo
Elisabetiva Botter

Alessio Moggian
Giada Frattina

Noemi Cini

Directed by:  Rich Varano - USA
  Assistant to the Director:  Elena Lana

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