masters of venice | DE YOUNG MUSEUM

It was amazing to go and visit the MASTERS OF VENICE exhibit at the De Young Museum. Besides being inspired by the art and getting to see such beautiful pieces, I was amazed because my Linnae and I just visited Venice 3 months prior. To see the pictures of the architecture, the lagoons, and the images of Venice displayed in the exhibit, brought back a lot of memories. For us Venice was an enchanting place to visit and we miss it dearly…(check out our blog about Venice)

From the exhibit, I learned that Venice had a lot of wealth. It seems to have been an artist’s paradise surrounded by lagoons. I also learned that Venice had three major class systems: working class, the taxpayers or citizens, and the Nobility (those who were born with a lot of wealth). The lagoon was a protection from the outside enemies. It was to protect the wealth. I was impressed by how much wealth was displayed in the paintings: the fur, the velvet, gold embroidered dresses, silk chiffon blouses, gold heavy chained necklaces, detailed rings, and ornate architecture filled the paintings.


As an event designer, walking into the exhibit, I was immediately struck by the dark charcoal walls and the moody ambiance. It seemed as if the paintings were settled into the perfect setting here, highlighted by the pin spots and surrounded by ornate gold frames. I love the elements of burgundy baroque tapestry. The space felt regal and truly showed off the paintings. It was cohesive. I was inspired to create a space inspired by the deep moody colors and lighting.


I read about the artist, GIORGIO DA CASTELFRANCO {1407-1509}. I learned how he mastered oil on canvas. He was one of the first artists to replace tempura paints with the oil. This allowed for more vibrant colors and needed a longer time to dry. This gave the artist time to manipulate the paint. He also popularized canvas linen over the wooden flats that were being used. This is more cost effective and allowed for much larger paintings.


I was awe struck by Giorgio’s painting as well as the other masters of Venice’ movement of their brush strokes. It seemed to speak of their individuality as artists even more than I picked up from their technique or their choice of surfaces to paint on. Although there was cohesion to their use of colors and the richness to the collection, I saw individuality to each painting as I noticed their brush strokes.


In this collection, I saw paintings of nobility, religious paintings of catholic descent, as well as paintings of pagan descent such as Venus, Mars, and Hercules. I was surprised to learn that the Catholic Church commissioned some of the pagan paintings. I also learned that paintings were for both public displays and private galleries. It is likely that paintings, were hung in a private homes to display lessons of right and wrong. That is how the paintings were used in that time.
I hope you enjoy pictures of this collection.


Jonathan Asiel

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