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Venice Photo Tour On the Steps of Canaletto

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Giovanni Antonio Canal, alias Canaletto, was a painter and engraver who lived in Venice in the 18th century; he is world-famous for his wonderful views of Venice.

Topography, architecture, nature, atmosphere and lights are all mingled in his masterpieces creating realistic scenarios and authentic testimonials of the life and architecture of his time.

This itinerary propose the same places that Canaletto depicted in his works taking the participant to look at each location from the same angulation as if he/she were looking through Canaletto’s own eyes, searching for the differences between the 18th century Venetian landscape and today’s landscape as well as for what has remained unvaried since Canaletto’s time.

Le grand guide de Venise – sur les pas de Guardi et Canaletto 
Guardi, Canaletto et autres artistes du XVIIIe siècle se sont attachés à peindre toutes les facettes de leur ville. Près de trois siècles plus tard, Alain Vircondelet, un des plus grands historiens de Venise,  avec photographe Marco Secchi  s’adonne à une comparaison passionnante entre les photos de la ville d’aujourd’hui et les tableaux de celle d’hier. Douze circuits sont ainsi proposés au lecteur et commentés par l’auteur.

Un guide de Venise passionnant en pleine actualité de l’exposition dédiée à Canaletto au Musée Maillol.

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September 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

ELLIOTT ERWITT: “Personal Best”

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Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt poses for a picture in front one of his iconic pictures during the press preview of his exhibition 'Personal Best' on March 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy. The exhibition 'Personal Best' on the island of Giudecca will stay open until 15th July 2012 (Marco Secchi)

After the MEP in Paris, the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the ICP in New York, this anthological show, a tribute to the extraordinary career of the photoreporter, a member of the historic Magnum agency since 1953, arrives in Venice in the splendid early 20th century Venetian dwelling, now open again following protracted restoration.

Around 140 photographs, witnessing a long career and the past six decades of history of our world and contemporary civilization, are on display in a selection under the direct curatorship of their author.

Few pictures on my archive are here and on Getty Images are here

Place

CASA DEI TRE OCI

Address

Giudecca 43

Boat stop

Linea 2 Actv Zitelle

Times

Opening hours: 10am – 7pm. Saturday 10am – 10pm.

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April 1, 2012 at 7:56 am

Avere una Bella Cera at Fortuny

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The exhibition at Museum Fortuny in Venice opens tomorrow 10th March until June 25 and is the world’s first exhibition on wax portraits analizing a field that has been studied very little by art historians.
The world’s first exhibition on wax portraits will analyse a field that has been studied very little by art historians: that of life-size wax figures. This fascinating subject has recently attracted the attention of numerous contemporary artists, but has never had a specific exhibition devoted to it.

VENICE, ITALY - MARCH 09:  Few portraits of criminals modelled in the late 19th century by Lorenzo Tenchini, a pupil of Cesare Lombroso are seen at the press preview of "Avere Una Bella Cera - Wax Portraits Exhibition" at Palazzo Fortuny on March 9, 2012 in Venice, Italy.   The exhibition open until June 25 is the world's first exhibition on wax portraits analizing a field that has been studied very little by art historians. (Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

The project was inspired by two fortunate coincidences, the existence of a series of life- size wax portraits in Venice’s public collections and churches, and the centenary of the publication of Geschichte der Porträtbildnerei in Wachs (“History of Portraiture in Wax”), written by the famous Viennese art historian Julius von Schlosser and the first work devoted to the history of wax portraits. A superb Italian translation of Schlosser’s work by Andrea Daninos has recently been published, complete with an extensive and detailed critical commentary.

The Venetian exhibition is the outcome of more than three years of research and, for the first time, it brings together nearly all of the extant sculptures in Italy, most of which unpublished or never displayed before.

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March 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Diana Vreeland at Fortuny

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Press preview today of this great exhibition of such style and fashion icon.
This is the first major exhibition to be dedicated to Diana Vreeland. Open until June 25th at Palazzo Fortuny it will explore the many sides of her work and seek to offer a fresh approach with which to interpret the elements of her style and thinking.

VENICE, ITALY - MARCH 09:  One of the exhibits seen during the press preview of "Diana Vreeland After Diana Vreeland" at Palazzo Fortuny on March 9, 2012 in Venice, Italy. This is the first major exhibition to be dedicated to Diana Vreeland. Open until June 25th it will explore the many sides of her work and seek to offer a fresh approach with which to interpret the elements of her style and thinking. (Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

This is the first major exhibition to be dedicated to the extraordinary and complex Diana Vreeland (Paris, 1903 – New York, 1989). It will explore the many sides of her work and seek to offer a fresh approach with which to interpret the elements of her style and thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

An Introduction to Rembrandt Lighting For Portrait Photographers

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If you’re a beginner photographer, chances are you’re still in the process of building up your arsenal of studio lighting. Being able to get the most out of a small lighting setup can be crucial to your photography. For those working with a one or two light setup, Rembrandt lighting can help you achieve professional quality portraits with a minimal amount of equipment.

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An Introduction to Rembrandt Lighting For Portrait Photographers

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March 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Vorticists in Venice

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VENICE, ITALY - JANUARY 28:  The Director of the Guggenheim Museum Philip Rylands admires the reconstruction by Ken Cook and Ann Cristopher after the dismantled original of the installation by Jacob Epstein "Rock Drill" at the press launch of the Vorticist exhibition on January 28, 2011 in Venice, Italy. The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918, is the first exhibition devoted to Vorticism to be presented in Italy will be open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection from  January 29 through May 15, 2011. (Marco Secchi)
A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him. (Ezra Pound)

The Vorticism group began with the Rebel Art Centre which Wyndham Lewis and others established after disagreeing with Omega Workshops founder Roger Fry, and has roots in the Bloomsbury Group, Cubism, and Futurism. Lewis himself saw Vorticism as an independent alternative to Cubism, Futurism and Expressionism.

Though the style grew out of Cubism, it is more closely related to Futurism in its embrace of dynamism, the machine age and all things modern (cf. Cubo-Futurism). However, Vorticism diverged from Futurism in the way it tried to capture movement in an image. In a Vorticist painting modern life is shown as an array of bold lines and harsh colours drawing the viewer’s eye into the centre of the canvas.

The name Vorticism was given to the movement by Ezra Pound in 1913, although Lewis, usually seen as the central figure in the movement, had been producing paintings in the same style for a year or so previously.

Pictures from today opening of the Venice Exhibition

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January 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm