The cistern or well
can be found in the middle of most Campi. Given the shallow island
of the city, fresh drinking water was a problem and the wells were
by the rainwater from the rooftops of the surrounding houses.
tells me: "This one
is by Bartolomeo Bon - most campi have at least one and they seem to
up in JSS's paintings."
I especially enjoy
this photo as
it shows so clearly not only the decorative well head but the
behind it which is similar to what Sargent painted in his portrait of Richard
Not all well heads
are quite as ornate
as Bon's. In a more general area of the city and less affluent
well head shown in the photo lower left is much closer to Sargent's
of Venetian Water Carriers (lower right).