Jan. 6th, 2017 10:21 am
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i: In what building did 007 find time to fix Chang?
ii: Where did Richard and Renata drink Montgomerys?
iii: For which orphanage did il Prete Rosso write much of his music?
iv: From what striking eminence would Maleficio signal an execution?
v: Which edifice was decorated with a great biblical cycle over 24 years by the Little Dyer?
vi: What was compared unfavourably with Westminster and Blackfriars by the classical tourist?
vii: Into what did Cross leap from his hotel balcony during his honeymoon?
viii: What has, appropriately, risen from the ashes on three occasions?
ix: Where is the hiding place of Leonardo’s encircled quadruped?
x: What was Francesconi’s “triumphant” foundation?

WE’RE IN VENICE, and not doing very well :(
i: James Bond throws Drax’s henchman Chang out of the (priceless) window of the VENICE CLOCK TOWER in Moonraker (googled by [livejournal.com profile] dubdobdee)
iii: il Prete Rosso (the Red Priest) = Vivaldi (via [livejournal.com profile] jeff_worrell), but we need the LOCATION
v: the Little Dyer = Tintoretto (via [livejournal.com profile] jeff_worrell), whose cycle can be found at the SCUOLA DI SAN ROCCO (via [livejournal.com profile] thebopkids)
vi: the BRIDGE OF SIGHS or similar possibly unfavourably compared to Westminster/Blackfriars (wonders [livejournal.com profile] thebopkids: needs confirmation)
viii: the FENICE (Phoenix) theatre burned down twice (guessed by [livejournal.com profile] katstevens, confirmed by [livejournal.com profile] thebopkids)
ix: this is Leonardo’s picture of Man (not a horse or cow) (via [livejournal.com profile] sbp) but we need the LOCATION
x: Francesconi possibly opened the COFFEE HOUSE in Venice (believes [livejournal.com profile] thebopkids: needs confirmation)

Date: 2017-01-06 10:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katstevens.livejournal.com
viii is this some sort of building called The Phoenix? A theatre/pub?

Date: 2017-01-06 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Is this a Venice round? ISTR Francesconi opening (the first?) coffee house inVenice... the one about Westminster /Blackfriars begs to be someone on the grand tour comparing the bridges to The Bridge of sighs or similar?

(bopkids here btw)

Date: 2017-01-06 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dubdobdee.livejournal.com
this seems entirely plausible (i have never been to venice)

if i is a bond question then it's presumably a bond film question

Date: 2017-01-06 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
the Little Dyer = Tintoretto, who is indeed Venetian

Date: 2017-01-06 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
and il Prete Rosso (the Red Priest) is Vivaldi, if that helps anyone

Date: 2017-01-08 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
the orphanage is this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ospedale_della_Pietà (+ google obv)

Date: 2017-01-07 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thebopkids.livejournal.com
Ah yes - his famous cycle is st the Scuola di San Rocco (or similar) I think.

Date: 2017-01-06 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thebopkids.livejournal.com
Fenice (Phoenix) theatre in Venice burned down twice, it appears, so Kat's right about that.

Date: 2017-01-06 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com
Leonardo's encircled quadruped is actually his picture of Man rather than e.g. a horse or cow. Couldn't tell you where in Venice though.

Date: 2017-01-10 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com
iii) Called Vitruvian Man - "It is kept in the Gabinetto dei disegni e stampe of the Gallerie dell'Accademia, in Venice, Italy, under reference 228."

Date: 2017-01-10 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com

Date: 2017-01-11 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
Vitruvian Man instantly came to mind, but I dismissed it because "quadruped", but then a 2nd thought and OF COURSE :-D

Date: 2017-01-06 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com
vii) perhaps a gondola, but mere speculation.

Date: 2017-01-10 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com
Nah, it's the Grand Canal (must have missed the gondola). Real life George Eliot honeymoon saga:

"The most intriguing aspect of George Eliot's life has to be her honeymoon in Venice, in the summer of 1880. Her decision, at the age of 60, to marry John Cross, a young friend some 20 years her junior, had excited disapproval among friends and acquaintances, not least because GH Lewes, with whom she had enjoyed a long and loving relationship, had been dead for less than two years.

Like Dorothea in Middlemarch, who begins to love Will Ladislaw while she is still married to Casaubon, Eliot had been delighted by Cross's youth and devotion long before Lewes's death. But their honeymoon punctured the fantasy for both when Cross leaped from the balcony of their hotel suite, sailing over three or four gondolas before landing in the middle of the Grand Canal. He was rescued and carried back to his room unharmed."


Date: 2017-01-08 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

ii. is Harry's Bar - a frequent haunt of Ernest Hemingway in 1949-50 and where he popularised the Montgomery cocktail:

[i]Hemingway ranked dry martini drinking somewhere between bullfighting and big-game hunting in his list of manly pursuits. He called this martini, which he drank at Harry’s Bar in Venice, the Montgomery, after Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery. The joke goes that Montgomery would not attack unless he had a 15:1 advantage in forces, which is what he thought the gin-to-vermouth ratio was in this drink. It reality it is closer to 10:1.
2 oz. Gordon’s gin
1 tsp. + a few drops Noilly Prat vermouth
Pour ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an olive.[/i]

Richard (Cantwell) and Renata are characters in his 1950 story, 'Across the River and Into the Trees'.

Date: 2017-01-09 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dubdobdee.livejournal.com
sorry, i was too busy doing with the downstream updates to spot this

Date: 2017-01-08 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
anon Hemingway comment was me not realising I was logged out grrr.

Date: 2017-01-08 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] belecrivain.livejournal.com
Duckduckgo says ii is from Hemingway's Across the River and Into the Trees.

Date: 2017-01-09 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
yeah I had a long post to this effect but it vanished because LJ had logged me out (see above) grrr - it's in ddd's fridge somewhere

Date: 2017-01-09 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
the 'where' is Harry's Bar (in Venice)

Date: 2017-01-10 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com
iv) is about the bell Maleficio ("Witchcraft" I think)

"The campanile of San Marco was originally built in the 9th Century as a watch tower for the harbor and was later rebuilt to its present look by Bartolomeo Bon in 1514. Bon was one of the most important sculptures and architects of Gothic Venice who gave us the glorious façade of Ca' d'Oro.

Each of the original five bells had names and were rung to signal a specific events: the Maleficio signaled that a capital execution was going to take place."

"striking", I get it. Answer iv) CAMPANILE OF SAN MARCO

Date: 2017-01-10 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com

Date: 2017-01-10 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com
iii) "In September 1703, Vivaldi became maestro di violino (master of violin) at an orphanage called the Pio Ospedale della Pietà (Devout Hospital of Mercy) in Venice." says Wikipedia. So PIO OSPEDALE DELLA PIETA

Date: 2017-01-10 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com

Date: 2017-01-10 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com
x) "The Florian opened with two simply furnished rooms on 29 December 1720 as "Alla Venezia Trionfante" (Venice the Triumphant), but soon became known as Caffè Florian, after its original owner Floriano Francesconi. "

Date: 2017-01-10 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com

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