Venice Revisited 3

May 29, 2008  •  Leave a Comment
Sometimes you look at a picture and you see that the colors are attractive, but there's something about the image that has more texture, pattern, or value and that a greyscale version seems more appropriate. That's what I decided about this batch. The picture with the swirling clouds was a carved wooden decoration over a doorway. I was immediately attracted to it because the paint was cracked and peeling and the grain of the wood was showing.

The Palazzo Ca' D'or was a Gothic palace on the Grand Canal. I've read that it's open again after years of restoration. The repeating pattern of the colonnade and the pointed windows provides both a composition in repetition and values.

Many of the churches in the city are adorned with a cohort of saints crowning the peaks and corners of every edifice. They show the effects of decades of air pollution and have long, dark stains where the rain hardly lands and doesn't get to wash off the soot.






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