It would have been great for us to find out more about the history of the plates but we think that this may not be possible because it got lost through time. It is written down nowhere on which houses the plates where before and they just got attached on new built houses randomly. For everyone who wants to study the original order of the plates we’d recommend to do this at St. Marks. And to consult also Ruskin’s book the “The stones of Venice” and Alberto Rizzi’s book “La scultura esterna Veneziana”. The second offers an explanation to nearly every plate attached on the Venetian houses but is also not complete. There are some plates, which are just not “registered” or written about.
Concerning the Monsters it was a great pleasure for us to find out why they are existing and where in Venice they are dispersed. Most of them got attached to the churches some 100 years after their construction.
The monsters are unique and a pleasure to the eye. Mostly when one just walks through the streets of Venice they are not eye-catching because they are incorporated in the churches carefully. One needs to observe and to see the monsters. But if they are observed in peace it is seen promptly that they enrich the city. We fell in love with the Monster of Santa Maria Formosa and every time we are near to Campo Santa Margherita we visit “our” Monsters there. It should be said that our UNESCO study course helped us to get to know the city of Venice and it’s particularities and we would espouse immediately for the conservation of the plates and the Monsters because we think that they are a big part of Venice’s history, which should not be buried in oblivion. Most of the Monsters and plates though are in a relatively good condition and we hope that they are considered to be conserved throughout the years.
In regard to the cultural conservation and the cultural heritage we want to say that the primary history of the plates for example already got lost and we hope that now nothing more gets lost. We hope that the plates will be conserved like they are right now and not to be forgotten.
In our opinion the plates, as well as the monsters are a typical way to express the wishes for the house/church they are on and should be conserved because of this. They may have been attached to the houses to bring luck (fe peacocks: resurrection,…) or to ward off evil. That is also a little bit superstitious but it is a part of Venice’s history which according to us should also be available for the next generations!