Hi everyone, I just returned from a trip to Venice, Murano, Burano and Padua and I just wanted to share some information about a few stores/areas to be aware of.
When you get off the boat on the island of Burano and go straight onto the main tourist drag there is a blue building with Burano paintings outside called "La Buranella." I always love to pick up a piece of art when I come to Italy so we walked in and I couldn't believe my eyes. In one corner a man was taking a print and tracing around the buildings in color with the brush while a woman by the cash register took his finished "work" and started using a clear paint over the print to make it look like there were brush strokes. I was so disgusted that they were up-charging these as oil paintings that I left. I know this is common with street art, but I would just like to warn people to be aware of signs of a fake (even though I know China is getting better at making them).
In the end, I bought a piece by Fabio Baldan, a more reputable artist who lives and works in Venice with a shop by the Rialto Bridge.