We spent a weekend there a couple of years ago, and before we left I looked around the shops for a souvenir.
I was looking for a small portrait of Alviso Mocenigo I, the Venetian ruler whose fleet of over 100 galleys formed the nucleus of the Christian forces which defeated the infidel at Lepanto, in the last great battle of oared vessels.
At last I spotted one in an art shop window - a print of Andrea Vicentino's "King Henri III (1551-89) of France visiting Venice in 1574, escorted by Alvise Mocenigo I"
As I entered the shop another customer came in, and reached the counter before me.
"Excuse me", he said, "how much is that doge in the window ?"
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