This is an artistic treatment of a photo I took of the bronze horses facing St. Mark's Square in Venice. The horses featured here are replicas of the original horses which are on display just inside St. Mark's Basilica. The original horses were brought to the basilica around 1284 and are believed to date back to classical antiquity, having been displayed at the Hippodrome of Constantinople during the time of the crusades. Napoleon himself brought the horses to Paris in 1797 but they were returned to Venice in 1815.
These replicas adorn the second story of the basilica and upon pain of death photography inside the church was strictly forbidden. But being the intrepid photographer that I am, i didn't let a silly thing like that stop me from grabbing a shot of the horses with the famous Campanile Bell Tower.