Monday, August 31, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
|A bottle of ready-made Bellinis, an oleaginous jazz saxophone (the "Romantic Dinner" playlist from Spotify?) straining a smart phone's built-in speaker and...|
|at least one wet bottom (see the seat of the paddler's shorts): last night on the Grand Canal.|
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but not than looking.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Unless you're lucky enough to be in Venice when the Sala della Musica, pictured above, is being used as part of the Venice Biennale, you'll have to make a reservation to gain access to it, along with four other worthy destinations packaged as The Hidden Jewels of Venice (Gioielli Nascosti di Venezia). (The famous Scala Contarini del Bovolo is another highlight.)
But the oval sala alone is well worth the effort.
The quotation from Goethe comes from Roberto Calasso's book on Giambattista Tiepolo entitled Tiepolo Pink (first published in Italian in 2006; in English translation in 2009), which I'd also recommend, though perhaps not to those looking for a general introduction to the artist, as it's a bit of a polemic against previous interpretations of Tiepolo's work and as such might possibly be a bit less compelling to those without an interest in art scholarship or unfamiliar with (or uninterested in Googling), for example, the important 20th-century Italian art critic Roberto Longhi.
|US edition of Tiepolo Pink, cover|
design by Peter Mendelsund
And if you want to get to know the Giambattista Tiepolo beyond the master colorist, this is the book for you, as it offers an extensive examination (and full reproductions) of the 33 cabalistic etchings which comprise the artist's Capricci and Scherzi di fantasia.