|gallery cafe booth with a view|
|shop window on a canal|
The Venice Biennial is on and so we saw some of Britain's contribution, Damien Hirst's exhibit titled: 'Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable'...a massive effort of inventiveness, both freakish and beautiful.
The Gallerie dell' Accademia transported us to Byzantine & medieval Venice through the renaissance and baroque periods. Most paintings from these era's are huge canvas's or panel's or even mosaic's. Commissioned by the wealthy or by churches to adorn palaces & places of worship, they are huge in scale. Some are allegorical, others depict scenes from important occasions; most tell us how life was lived in Venice during these times. (made me glad I live in this century though) If I had to choose a favorite Italian painter from the academy gallery, it would be Bellini, so much emotion in his work.
|Joaquin Sorolla - Mending the Sail|
|Felice Casorati -The Young Maidens|
In the same gallery, a whole floor features 82 portraits by David Hockney of the artist's friends, family and aquaintances; done in 3 day sittings, painted in garish acrylic, all sitting in the same chair with the same background.
Here's a piccy of me sitting in the chair ...a mock-up of the setting for the benefit of museum visitors taking photos. ha ha.
I hope to do a body of work inspired by my time in Venice. As of yet, ideas are only percolating, we'll see where it goes.