La Vaporetta

'La Vaporetta' is remarkable in the context of the contemporary analysis of post-modern reflection on17th century values.

It was made by Cosimo Lippi and was commissioned as gift to the city of Venice by Paulo Maldini of Bologne, for the supply of drinking water at the time of the infamous drought in the summer of 1671.

It is evident that the form and Machiavellian structure suggest an autonomy of relationships or juxtapositions between aspects of two specific and heavily mediated dichotomies. The relocation of narrative in the context of a new and radical discourse of commodification, or of course a reaction against it, is both obvious and shocking.

When Baudrillard said, "Welcome to the desert of the real," he wasn't joking.

Laurenet L'Ager, 'The Art of Venice: A New Perspective and Critical Analysis'. Oxford Press (2002)