The colours of Venice will stay with me for a while I believe. From pinkish terracotta to deep ochre crumbling grandeur, contrasted with the greenish grey lagoon. Venice is a living, breathing museum, a fairytale island, floating far from the real world...
"A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him." - Arthur Symons
The Palazzo Fortuny
La Bottega Cadorin. An exhibition of an artistic dynasty, a family absorbed and devoted to art, in a city that overwhelmed them with its beauty, and surrounded them with inspirational forces in the liveliest artistic and cultural salons. The exhibition stems from the need to protect an extraordinary artistic and historical heritage: a record of intense activity by at least three generations of artists, architects, musicians and photographers working in Venice between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Cafe Florian dates back to the 1700's and is a feast of neo-baroque splendour. If you don't fancy paying the huge price for a cafe latte, then head through to the little bar at the back, perch on a stool and admire and watch! St Marks Basilica, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, and dates back to 1092. Everywhere you tread in Venice, there is pattern inspiration and glorious architecture.
Venetian masks and a memory of the Morish past
Casa Dei Tre Oci
The Casa Dei Tre Oci is an early 20th Century mansion house which has been converted into a beautiful gallery of photography. Situated on the quayside, on the island of Guidecca, just a short ferry trip from St Marks Square. The building is spacious and beautiful, and they host world-renowned photographers. It’s well worth the visit.
The Peggy Guggenheim Museum - Joseph Cornell, Anish Kapoor, Maurizio Nannucci
Tancredi created a Venice of ‘luminous, bleached and transparent vibrations, of patches of colour side by side or overlapped with veils, held together by regular sequences of small marks evocative of palaces overlooking the water in which they are reflected, subtly expanding in space.’ And as we view Venice through the lens of memory, it is transformed into an atmospheric, tonal ideal of pure abstraction, made up of incorporeal fogs and lights.
Situated in the house where Peggy Guggenheim lived and surrounded herself with art and artists, the Museum houses a wonderful collection of modern art collected by the famous heiress. From Kandinsky to Giacometti, all in the intimate canal side home.
Tancredi Parmeggiani, Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Tancredi created a Venice of ‘luminous, bleached and transparent vibrations, of patchesof colour side by side or overlapped with veils, held together by regular sequences of small marks evocative of palaces overlooking the water in which they are reflected, subtly expanding in space.’ And as we view Venice through the lens of memory, it is transformed into an atmospheric, tonal ideal of pure abstraction, made up of incorporeal fogs and lights.
Luminary Colour Book, Autumn Winter 2018, Published March 2017
Photography from Venice is featured in the 16th edition of Luminary Colour, predicting trend themes and colours 2 years ahead. A hedonistic palette of rose tinted, powdered, perfumed, floral shades. From blush to wine, we are entering a completely sensuous world of evocative colour. We are on an epicurean search for pleasure, pure romance; and poetic, dreamy, otherworldly experiences, which will remove us far beyond the everyday existence. Escape into invented or imagined worlds of art, literature, travel or virtual realities. Indulge in the sublime and the beautiful...