Thursday, June 22, 2017

Michele Giovanni Marieschi Paintings in GeocodedArt

Michele Giovanni Marieschi (1710-1743) paintings of Venice did not feature bright sunshine.  The skies tended to be brooding, there are not the shadows that lent depth and realism to the view of other vedute painters, and the water  surface does not have the shimmer that has enchanted later painters who came to see what the great painters saw.
He did his share of romantic capriccios, but seems not to have traveled outside Venice to paint views of other locations.

The Grand Canal at the level of the Pescheria and of Palazzo Michiel alle Colonne
by Michele Giovanni Marieschi

Thursday, June 15, 2017

John Singer Sargent Paintings in

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for his many many portraits of those who could afford to commission him, but he also relentlessly sketched his surroundings everywhere he went (and he went a lot of places).
There are many watercolors that provide just a glimpse of a place, but he did finished oil works of townscapes and landscapes across four continents; very typically his perspective was a close-up view of some details of a structure that other artists would have represented in an authoritative angle against a wide sky.
In natural settings he often includes figures in very un-self conscious relaxation; one would not call them poses.  But the attitudes he captures in their demeanor may be related to his ability to capture a personality in a single pose in a formal portrait.
The town views generally have a few of the citizenry in the frame, but if present, they seem to be there more as a matter of happenstance rather than an effort by the artists to show a representation of daily life at the spot chosen.

Corner of the Church of San Stae, Venice
by John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rubens Santoro Venice Paintings Mapped

Rubens Santoro (1859-1942) painted intimates scenes of life on the canals of Venice: beautiful structures, ample sunshine, shimmering water surfaces, and not a care in the world. The buildings that he painted, which were never the monumental, state-structures so familiar from every other painters' work, have colors that dazzle against the blue skies and reflect alluringly in the smooth canal mirrors.

A gondola ride, Veniceby Rubens Santoro

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Antonietta Brandeis Paintings Geocoded

Antonietta Brandeis (1848-1926) painted scenes of prominent structures throughout Italy, being one of the few to include the city of Bologna in the her collection.  Otherwise she covered most of the views that have been painted  by many others over the centuries.
Her views generally are of clear skies and a crystal atmosphere; there is no overhang of lighting or conditions to influence your attitude toward what is before you; the very stones of the buildings must tell their story.

The Arch of Drussus, Rome
by Antonietta Brandei

Friday, June 2, 2017

Antonio Joli Paintings in

Antonio Joli (1700-1777) Paintings geocoded throughout Italy, Spain, and London.  Joli was in England before Canaletto but did fewer works there before visiting the royal sites in Spain.  His body of work also features more of southern Italy, and particularly his view in Naples involved more scenes on open water than was ever the case for the more famous vedute painters.

  View of La Iglesia y la Plaza de San Antonio, Aranjuez 
by Antonio Joli

Friday, April 28, 2017

Forty Richard Wilson Paintings in GeoCodedArt

Richard Wilson (1713-1782) produced a mix of portraits and landscape scenes early in his career, and the landscapes were realistic depictions his surroundings.  His travels to Italy coincided with a full emphasis on landscapes and a shift in their subject: in addition to actual scenes with place names, there were increasing numbers of idealized "classical landscapes", perhaps inspired by the lore and legend of the Italian countryside.  Even those works which have a grounding in showing a single identifiable locations are somewhat sentimental; he did not include any contemporary or monumental architecture.   Misty ruins were more of an inspiration.

Bridge of Augustus at Rimini
By Richard Wilson

Friday, April 7, 2017

John Brett Paintings in GeoCodedArt

John Brett (1830-1902) paintings often feature a very colorful and wide open horizon.  The earth itself seems alive somehow, with uneven but not particularly dramatic terrain.  But maybe the west of England is just like that.

It is not uncommon that the signal feature which gives the work its name is barely discernible: the great wide, and seemingly wild, world, is of greater interest.

A View Of Whitby From The Moors