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William Turner (1775-1851) | Romantic painter

J.M.W. Turner, in full Joseph Mallord William Turner, (born April 23, 1775, London, England - died December 19, 1851, London), English Romantic landscape painter whose expressionistic studies of light, colour, and atmosphere were unmatched in their range and sublimity.
Turner was perhaps the greatest landscapist of the 19th century.
Although brought up in the academic traditions of the 18th century, he became a pioneer in the study of light, colour, and atmosphere.

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Venice in the 19th-Century paintings

Friedrich Nerly🎨 (German painter, 1842–1919) Piazza San Marco in Venedig bei Mondlicht, 1871

A Visit to Venice
by Ivan Sergeevič Turgenev‎ - Novel "On the Eve", 1860

"Whoever has not seen Venice in the month of April will find it hard to picture to himself the indescribable charm of this fairy city. The softness and mildness of spring are to Venice, what the bright summer sun is to glorious Genoa, or what the purple golden autumn is to ancient Rome.
Like spring, the beauty of Venice excites and arouses our softest desires; it animates and stirs the unspoiled heart like the promise of some near, undefined, mysterious pleasure".

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Venice in the 18th-Century paintings

Luca Carlevarijs (Italian painter, 1663-1730) View of the Molo Venice looking west


By the bridge I stood
recently in the brown night.
From the distance came the sound of song;
golden drops surged away
over the vibrating surface.


Stavo sul ponte,
poco tempo fa, nella notte bruna.
Di lontano giungeva un canto:
gocce d’oro affioravano
sulla superficie vibrante.

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Pietro Canonica (1869 -1959) | Figurative sculptor

The aim of the artist is to study truth in its purest form, concentrating the greatest possible emotion on it”, with these words Pietro Canonica🎨 declared his predilection for an art capable of idealising and yet at the same time expressing the most secret motions of the soul.
In his sculptures he combines the proportions and balance of classical art, the refined models of fifteenth century Florentine work, the lightness of touch of neoclassicism, Romantic disquietude and nineteenth century sensibility. Gifted with an absolute mastery of technique and great ability and speed in working the material, he received commissions from the aristocracy of all Europe, who sought after his refined taste and idealization.
Although these were the years of the historical avant garde, Canonica🎨 continued to create “classical” art, remaining faithful to his image of himself and his own instinct to trust in “beauty”.

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Charles Caryl Coleman (1840-1928) Genre / Decorative painter

Charles Caryl Coleman was an American artist who lived most of his life in Capri, Italy.
Coleman studied art with Andrew Andrews and W.H. Beard in Buffalo, NY in the 1850s.
Between 1859-1862, Coleman studied in Paris under Thomas Couture🎨, returning during the American Civil War to serve with the Union Army during which he was seriously wounded in South Carolina and recovered in New York City.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Portraits / Figures | Page 6

  • "It took me twenty years to discover painting: twenty years looking at nature, and above all, going to the Louvre".
  • "Mi ci sono voluti venti anni per scoprire la pittura: venti anni guardando la natura e, soprattutto, andando al Louvre".
  • "You come to nature with all your theories, and she knocks them all flat".
  • "Tu ti avvicini alla natura pieno di tue teorie ma lei le abbatte tutte".

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Augusto Lovatti (1852 -1921) | Genre / landscapes painter

Born in Rome and active in Naples, Augusto Lovatti painted various aspects of Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, also Pompeian subjects, genre scenes, landscapes and seascapes.
Lovatti studied in Rome at the school of Cesare Maccari (1840-1919), then moving away from the capital, perhaps for reasons of a political nature, to move to live and work in Capri from the late 1980s.

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