Venezia in its own light
A painting may take months of works, or weeks at the least. While the maestros imbued them with astounding technique, their works frequently missed the raw sense of marvel experienced right when the power of a view had inspired the artists to select one particular image. Also, age has often darkened the paint, so what we see today is but a shadow of the original intent. To catch that we have to look elsewhere. Enter the rarely glimpsed world of drawings. Both preparatory studies for paintings and complete works in their own, drawings tend to be considered somehow lesser art and they are victim to the frailty of the paper they were created on. Both conditions make them a sort of unknown territory even to many art lovers – but there are exceptions.
Between December 2014 and March 2015 Venice has been home to a breathtaking exhibition called La poesia della luce (‘The poetry of light’, indeed), featuring one hundred and thirty drawings created between the Sixteenth and the Nineteenth century in the city itself. Dozens of Italian and foreign artists were selected for their special attention to the Venetian light we mentioned above, and experiencing their works right where they were actually conceived makes for an unforgettable event, leading to appreciate them even better. The extremely delicate works were never exhibited in Italy together. They belong to several collections, the larger of which is owned by the National Art Gallery of Washington. Who knows when we’ll be able to live such a splendid event again – but in the meantime, Venezia and its special light will always be there for us.