Rumpelstiltskin was a wicked fairy in German folklore. He spun gold from straw for a peasant girl in exchange for her promise to give him her first child after she married a king. In the picture above, Rumpelstiltskin has come to demand the child from the unhappy girl. Just like people there are wicked fairies and good fairies. Venice has been lucky to have good fairies choose to make it their home.