Equipment in the lagoon: fishing
The Republic had a series of strict laws regarding fishing. It was one of the main economic activities in the city. The laws also covered the equipment that a fisherman could use, where he could fish and how long he could spend fishing.
Fishing was often the only font of money for a family, for this reason the fisherman’s health was of the utmost importance. He underwent exorcisms and rituals whose origins go back to early Christian times. The patronage in many parish churches regarding decoration comes from these early supersitions and needs for protection. Shipwreck survivors were in fact obliged to thank the Lord by commissioning paintings of the scenes. The boats were always decorated with the Madonna della Marina or the Christ of St Domenico, or two angels who protected the boats.