Ponte dei Pugni (Bridge of Fists)


The Ponte dei Pugni (Bridge of Fists), in Dorsoduro district, takes its name from an ancient custom in Venice: fist fights that took place on many bridges.

On this bridge, two factions -the Castellani from San Pietro di Castello and the Nicolotti from San Nicolò dei Mendicoli- would fight at the top of the bridge. The aim was to throw one’s opponent into the canal below. The team that managed to keep the most men on the bridge won.

The bridge still has four white marble footmarks indicating the starting line for these fights.

Technique used: thin black felt pen drawing colored with watercolors on 200 gr. Rismacqua Favini ivory paper

Paper size: A4 (11.7 x 8.2 inches – cm 29,7×21)
Image size: 5.9 x 8.2 inches (cm. 21×15)

If you like this watercolor and you want to order a new one like this, I can paint it again. There may be slight variations in color, making this a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Please contact me if you wish to have this watercolor, thank you.