"RIALTO - Strange Sculptures." Rialto Bridge Tip by breughel

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  Strange sculptures
by breughel

There are two strange sculptures on the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, next to the Rialto Bridge which merit some explanation.
Between the decisions of the Senate in 1525 to build a stone bridge after the numerous collapses of the wooden Rialto bridges and the effective start of the construction in 1588 many years passed. The city of Venice had financial problems which delayed the construction of the stone bridge. The future stone bridge of the Rialto was therefore the object of numerous jokes and mocking remarks from the Venetians.
A man made a bet with Camerlenghi, a famous banker who financed Venice, that there would be no stone bridge before as he said:
?Voglio che, se ci˛ si farÓ, mi nasca un' unghia fra le eoscie !?
to which a woman added :
?Voglio che le fiamme m'abbrucino la natura !? if one day the bridge is build.

In French we would have said that the bridge would be built when: "lorsque les poules auront des dents" when the chicken will have teeth.

The Italian expressions are much more expressive and somewhat crude, I therefore hesitate to translate?

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  • Written Apr 14, 2007
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