All the 64 books that make it, are represented standing on the back, except for one of them which is been left laying by its reader. On the book there are great perched glasses on their case.
At a closer look they might recall English arc spectacles ( that are going to be made during the following century ), with a steel bridge and rings made of leather and horn. The case reminds tiny boxes of Nuremburg spectacles.
Looking at the sculptures along the wall, we can see the bust representing “Science”.
The bust stands on a book and lying on one of these there is another pair of glasses. The spectacles are placed on a bag case with the opening top and its shape recalls leather specs. Unfortunately the bridge is missing.
Just beside the Frari’s Church, there are the state archieves, where the “Chapters of GlassArt” are stored. These “Chapters” are rules for those who manufactured crystal, divided in chapters, where it is written about eyeglasses lenses as well as magnifying glasses. These are the oldest documents so far.
Another 10 minutes further on, direction Rialto, we can find two of the three streets in Venezia, that carry the art of Optics in the name, as well as some representations of antique spects from over the last 30 years.
As you arrive to “Rugheta del Ravano”, better known as “Ruga Rialto”, you can come and visit our shop. In the floor it is placed a representation of Cardinal Ugo da Provenza ( First representation of a mano wearing specs in history, ndr.).
You will always be welcome and you can take a look at our private collection, which is updated every three months.
Just 50 meters away, placed in the ancient market of Rialto, on your left you can take a picture of a tiny street called “Ramo dell’ochialer” and just behind it, ”Calle dell’ochialer”. The Venetian topography is dated back to the end of 1500, and, as reported by Tassini in his “Venetian Curiosity”, in the chronicles of October 12, 1619 in this area there was a spectacles maker known as Zuane (Giovanni) Ochialer who lost his son Battista (Bapthyst), due to smallpox. It could be a coincidence, an homonymy, or it could be the same person, but in another report in 1610 it is written about Zuane Ochialer related to another accident. We will talk again about this subject in our southern route. Fresco representation “Rialto”
Now we just have to walk across the monumental Rialto Bridge and walk past Campo San Bartolomeo, heading for San Lio. Guerra Pharmacy has an old print on the window facing the Campo, named the alchemist by Johan Stradanus. The glasses on the alchemist’s nose are very well represented.