Europe Sketches

Chapter III: the Bubonic Plague

Figure 3.1. Poveglia - the Haunted Island of Venice Source: Keith Hansen 

oveglia is often referred to as the spooky isle of the damned because of the macabre history of the bubonic plague-related deaths' and the inhuman treatment of the mental patients. This sketch of Poveglia from Keith Hansen's European portfolio of artwork has been modified: please refer to figure 3.1., above. There are certain hues of bluish colour tinted with yellow to instill the sense of the creepiness associated with this graveyard of convenience. This island has the reputation of being the most haunted space in the world because of being the quarantine station and the related sinister aspect of the plague pits containing hundreds of thousands of unnamed human skeletal remains.