Timeline of the history of the fórcola for the gondola

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    The Fórcola, or rowlock, of the gondola, is the fulcrum for guiding the oar. It has transformed over the centuries in quest of greater functionality, as can be seen in the timeline of its history. It has probably attained perfection today, as it presents itself as a wonderful sculpture, even if every part of its surface is of practical importance.

    The reconstructions are based on the iconography of the period, and the last two illustrations reproduced real examples.

    Author Gianfranco Munerotto
    Copyright © Regione del Veneto

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