Thursday 19 Nov. 2015 PAINTING 5.30 pm – admission free

Contemporary (or modern) art? No thank you! It is better to travel back in time and search, in a distant past, for other points of reference. You can look at the portraiture of masters like Velasquez, Tiziano or perhaps Sargent. This is the pathway followed by Venetian Leonardo D’Este. After obtaining a degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and after delving into landscapes and figures, he decided — four years ago — to put the human face at the centre of his work, making it his mission, in the spirit of truth and sincerity. To build on his classical training, he went to Greece, to the school of Konstantin Kerestetzis and then to Florence to attend painting classes at the Florence Academy of Art and Charles H.Cecil Studios. These experiences allowed him to further perfect his portrait technique, both in terms of details and the effect of light. The method used is “sight-size”, with the model placed at a particular distance from the easel. Leonardo D’Este lives and works on the island of Burano.

Curated by Emanuele Horodniceanu
On display until 3 December

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