View of Lake Garda
Oil on canvas
"Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot was one of the leading French landscape painters of the 1800s. During repeated trips to Italy between the 1820s and 1840s, he dedicated himself to painting and sketching from nature. Later in life, when he preferred to work in his Parisian studio, Corot relied on these sketches for inspiration or painted landscapes from memory. In this painting, a boatman and a contadina (Italian peasant woman) lounge on the banks of Lake Garda, a site that Corot had visited three decades earlier."
Venice, the Grand Canal with the Doge’s Palace, 1889
Oil on canvas
In the late 19th century, Venice was heralded as a refuge from modernity, and Thomas Moran's paintings of the legendary Italian city reinforced this perception. Moran's Venice, the Grand Canal with the Doge's Palace shows famous buildings along the Grand Canal bathed in a romantic, atmospheric glow. Fanciful boats, gondolas and figures dressed in historical costumes contribute exotic details. Moran, who first visited Venice in 1886, created this and related scenes from memory with the aid of studies.
Moran followed a long line of artists who painted Venice, including English painter J. M. W. Turner, whose feathery brushwork and poetic treatment of light exerted great influence on the American.
Pergusa Three Double (1984)
linocut, woodcut, engravomg. screen print, edition 14 of 30
"Frank Stella was twenty-three when his Black Paintings were displayed in exhibition 16 Americans at the Museum of Modern Art in New York alongside work by Louise Nevelson and their contemporaries: Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg. These acclaimed works were created when Stella applied commercial black enamel paint with a house painter's brush to create a geometric pattern of thin, unpainted lines. By the mid -- 1980's, however, Stella was working in a more exuberant--and colorful--mode. Pergusa Three Double (1984), for example, is much less contained to geometric lines and forms than his earlier works; it is named for a race track in Italy and depicts an aerial view of this subject."
“Christmas Eve traditions vary across countries. In France, Christmas is a time to connect with family, exchange gifts with loved ones, and attend the Midnight Mass. Kids put shoes near the fireplace so that Papa Noël leaves gifts behind. In Russia, Christmas is celebrated on January 7, as per the Orthodox calendar. Russians celebrate Christmas by having a family dinner, and meeting up with friends and family. Christmas in Italy is one long celebration, starting from December 24, that is Christmas Eve, going right up to January 6, the Epiphany. Nativity scenes, Christmas lights and decorations, traditional costumes, and feasting dominate the scene.” — Simran Khurana 🎄
“Blessed is the season, which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
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