Villa Manin is a huge Palladian villa facing a round piazza encircled by arched porticos connecting the annexes of the villa. Its also has extensive grounds and gardens and was the resting stop for dignitaries traveling across the Alps to Venice. Its outward appearance, like the masks worn during the Venetian carnevale, is very effective in displaying the grandeur and elegance that the Manin family, an old and distinguished Venetian family, wished to convey to its many visitors.
I found this open arch, allowing a view behind the facade of nobility, compelling. A view of where the hard work went on. It reminds me that no matter how grand or humble we are, there is always work to be done.
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