No I'm not taking about the excellent Madonna's Greatest Hits CD from 1990 but Mary.
Today is a public holiday in Italy and the start of the holiday season.
I find it interesting the start of the holiday season here is an emotional religious day as opposed to "Black Friday" . The church bells (there are five within a few blocks from my home) are ringing more today.
Last year when I went to Venice I took a photo of Titian's "Assumption of Mary". The photo of course cannot do it justice. It was very dark in the church and I was still experimenting with the ISO on my new camera.
The painting caused quite a controversy upon its completion. Titian painted a more human Mary and the vibrant colors were a departure from the solemn paintings of that era. If you are visiting Venice, a trip to the Frari Church is a must.
For more information on this day and for videos of processions, my fellow expat Michelle, has written this article for Italy Magazine.