V is for . . .

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April 25, 2014 by Ray Yanek

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Veduta

Venice Veduta -- Bernardo Bellotto

Venice Veduta — Bernardo Bellotto

Veduta is the Italian term for ‘view’ or ‘vista’ that became a genre of paintings showing expansive landscapes, usually with a view of a harbor.

Sorento 2 -- Giacinto Gigante

Sorento 2 — Giacinto Gigante

Detailed cityscapes were also considered veduta.

Veduta dell Artrio del Portico di Ottavia --Giovanni Battista Poranesi

Veduta dell Artrio del Portico di Ottavia –Giovanni Battista Poranesi

Veduta later gave birth to another genre of landscape painting known as cappriccio. Cappriccio works were not of real of real places.  They were land and cityscapes created by the artist’s imagination.

Capriccio with Classical Arch and Goats -- Michelle Mariesci

Capriccio with Classical Arch and Goats — Michelle Mariesci

I swear, I could look at works of both of these styles for a long, long time–just stare and imagine stories set in places just like those in the paintings….

Hey, I really could do that…

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One thought on “V is for . . .

  1. P Liegl says:

    Just like being in the cities of that time. You can feel the history, the architecture, see it at its best and be a small part of its past.

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