Friday, July 21, 2017

Luca Carlevarijs Paintings of Venice mapped

Luca Carlevarijs (1663-1730) was among the first to paint realistic scenes in Venice, perhaps after being inspired on a trip to Rome where he saw others doing similar work.

The sites he painted are the major landmarks, but with fascinating detail in the citizenry that are included.  He painted the life of Venice, not just the structures or grandeur.  There remains a vitality of people living life as Venetians, and not a nostalgia tableau as some 19th and 20th C painters have rendered it.

The Bridge for the Feast of the Madonna della Salute
by Luca Carlevarijs 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Venetian Palazzo Paintings Geocoded

Most great landscape painters who have had the opportunity  have tried their hand at capturing the magic that is the combination of water and architecture in Venice.  The range of their styles brings to our attention the fact that no site has only one appearance: our attention is always at work, so that every impression is an interpretation rather than a simple "observation".

Compare centuries of views and interpretations though a geo-organized collection of hundreds of masterpiece paintings of Venice, along the Grand Canal and tucked in quiet corners.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Francesco Guardi Paintings Mapped in

Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) paintings included many interiors, fantasy scenes based on ancient architectural ruins, and a few dozen views that reflect the real arrangement of structures in Venice (with varying accuracy).
Compared to others who generate keepsakes for tourists, Guardi works are more emotionally loaded, and are remarked on for their atmosphere,  If one could capture what the air would have felt (and smelt) like while standing on these locations, it might be associated with his frequently overcast skies.
The Three-Arched Bridge at Cannaregio
by Francesco Guardi

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