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Saturday, 11 May 2013

TRAVEL: ITALY: Bologna, Ferrara, Vicenza

Palazzo dei Diamanti
Ferrara, Italy


At Palazzo dei Diamanti, there is a splendid exhibition on the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, a native of Ferrara, and best known in the UK for 'Blow Up'. 

Until June 9, 2013

Patrizia Medail 
is a 'genre' painter, 'assemblagiste' in the tradition of surrealist art - her work is astonishing. Here are examples in her Bologna house.

Forresteria di Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza
Frescoes by Tiepolo [1727-1804]

Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza

'Son et lumiere' at the Teatro Olimpico 

...theatrical with music - a waltz - most inappropriate! 

Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza
Designed by a young Andrea Palladio 

1 comment:

  1. I love the Tiepolos.

    When he built the basilica, Palladio made minor adjustments to each bay to align the existing asymmetrical Gothic openings with his own. It's eye-deceiving and hugely skillful, like a tailored suit. You can get a rough idea of the extent of it from a measured plan Compare the basilica's marble loggia to the the Palazzo dei Diamanti's asymmetrical facades - the one on the right is really only held together by the diamond pattern, because the bay rhythm is hopeless - and you've got two almost opposite (but equally successful) approaches to design.