The Fisher of Men

Pescheria di Rialto, or Fish Market, Venice
Pescheria di Rialto
One of the corners of the Pescheria di Rialto (Rialto Fish Market) is decorated with a bronze statue of a semi-naked man, which I used to see almost everyday as I passed by on the vaporetto. But who is he meant to be? 

It took quite a time before I put aside my aversion to the smell of raw fish and went to have a closer look. 
Saint Peter, Pescheria di Rialto, or Fish Market, Venice
Saint Peter by Cesare Laurenti 
The Palazzo della Pescheria (1907) was designed in the neo-Gothic style by the architect Domenico Rupolo (1861-1945) and the artist Cesare Laurenti (1854-1936). Laurenti also created the sculpture. 
Saint Peter, Pescheria di Rialto, or Fish Market, Venice
Saint Peter by Cesare Laurenti
As soon as I read the inscription, Simonem, qui vocatur Petrus, I kicked myself for not guessing his identity. 

"And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him." (Matthew 4:18). 

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