Page 29. " William Blake "

William Blake (1757-1827) was an unconventional, anti-establishment English poet, artist and visionary, considered by some to be mad. Miss Garnet, in her younger days, would have  approved of his radicalism, but probably not his visions.

Page 38. " hurried across the bridge past Veronese's church "

San Sebastiano: Paolo Veronese, originally from Verona, was commissioned to decorate its interior. 


San Sebastiano
Public DomainSan Sebastiano - Credit: Grigio6
Virgin and Child enthroned with Saints by Paolo Veronese
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeVirgin and Child enthroned with Saints by Paolo Veronese - Credit: Diomede


Page 39. " Tobiolo and the Angel Raffael "

The Guardi paintings in the Chiesa dell' Angelo Raffaele can be viewed here

Page 44. " I call my wife, Anna, 'Rib'; "

In the Bible story, Eve is created from one of Adam's ribs:

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Genesis 2:21-23

Page 46. " Vivaldi, Albinoni, Corelli "

Three composers of Baroque music:

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was a Venetian priest.

Listen on Spotify: The Four Seasons

Tamaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671-1751) was also a native of Venice.

Listen on Spotify: Oboe Concerto in D Minor

The violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli (1678-1741) was born in Ravenna.

Listen on Spotify: Concerti Grossi Op.6

Page 47. " Bassano, Longhi, Vivarini "

The Accademia, a gallery of pre-19th century art, gives its name to the Accademia Bridge, where Julia Garnet first catches sight of the breath-taking  Santa Maria della Salute (see p.20 bookmark).

The gallery and bridge are no. 4 on the map at the back of the book (Afterword p.7).

Jacapo Bassano (c.1510 -1592), Pietro Longhi (1701-1785),  Vivarini (the name of a family of 15th century artists) are all Venetian painters representing a variety of periods, styles and subject matter.

Page 47. " 'Carpaccio' "

Vittore Carpaccio was a 15th -16th century Venetian painter.

Page 48. " One of the canvasses in particular held her attention "

Dream of St Ursula
Public DomainDream of St Ursula

Page 48. " the tumescent angel who exposes his proud member "


Angelo della Citta
Public DomainAngelo della Citta


This is 'L'angelo della citta' ( Angel of the city) by Marino Marini, a bronze sculpture of an angel on horseback, with an erect phallus, on display at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.