The Angel That is Pleased to See You!

The Angel of the City by Marino Marini, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.
Given the short amount of time most people spend in Venice combined with the bewildering array of things to see, I am at a loss to understand why so many visitors make a beeline for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Modern Art. 

Don't get me wrong, the gallery is excellent. But there are excellent modern art galleries all over the world. This gallery actually attracts more visitors each year than the nearby Gallerie dell'Accademia, which houses an unrivalled collection of Venetian Art.  

One of Peggy Guggenheim's most famous works of art can be seen without paying the rather exorbitant entrance fee of €15. Marino Marini's bronze sculpture, L'angelo della città  (The Angel of the City), stands on a terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. 

The statue was originally cast with a removable penis so that the erect member could be detached if it were deemed likely to offend the delicate sensibilities of certain passers-by. Unfortunately, the penis disappeared on the occasion of one of Peggy's numerous parties and has been replaced with one that cannot be removed. 

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