Venice, with its unrivalled cultural richness, is a unique and magical place - a city steeped in history and touched by eternity. Every year, millions of people visit 'La Serenissima’ to admire St. Mark´s Square, the Doge´s Palace and the Rialto Bridge.
Away from the tourist attractions, the city is characterized by narrow canals, tiny streets, dark corners, picturesque bridges and stunning architecture--the whole is an urban masterpiece that no artist can ignore. It has long been a mecca for artists, and since 1895, artists, art dealers and culture enthusiasts have travelled to Venice for La Biennale di Venezia, the fabulous exhibition that brings contemporary art to life in this ancient setting. And all of this is what inspired FREYWILLE to create a collection for this beautiful place.
When FREYWILLE's artists set out to honour Venice and its importance to the development of art, they chose the Lion--the heraldic animal of Venice--as the centrepiece of the design. The winged lion is related to St. Marcus; on the Torre dell’Orologio, the 15th-century clock tower at St. Mark's Square, he holds a book with the text 'Pax Tibi Marce Evangelista Meus' or 'May Peace Be With You, Marcus, My Evangelist'. The design also includes details of the Doge's Palace and the lush colours associated with this wonderful city.