The Painted Sails of the Adriatic

By Mario Marzari, published November 1988


Marzari’s extensively illustrated article discusses the unique ways in which fishing vessels on the Adriatic used painted sails as a form of folkloristic heraldry. While painted sails served practical purposes in preserving sails, facilitating visibility, and allowing easy identification of owners, considerable creativity was applied to the designs painted on sails. A study of 1,803 examples shows considerable geographic variation in colours and symbols used along the length of the Adriatic.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Whaling & Fishing

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