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Hello, Venice!

Claude Monet, "The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice;" 1908; The Lockton Collection.

“It seemed in the distance like a floating city, its domes, spires, cupolas, and towers, glittering in the sunbeams, and looked so glorious, that I could have fancied it one of those optical illusions presented by a mirage.” – Marguerite, Countess of Blessington, 1882.

Paris may be the City of Light, but nothing can quite compare to the luminescence of Venice.  Monet – in this work from the IMA’s collection – highlights this experience better than most, with his masterful approach to capturing the reflections of water and light.

In addition to showing you the behind-the-scenes workings at the Biennale, I’ll be highlighting works in the IMA’s collection that relate to Venice – plus an upcoming exhibition of artists who, similar to us, traveled here from America and documented what they saw.

The last group of IMA staffers arrived today, ready for a busy opening week.  It’s not exactly Monet, but here’s a glimpse of  the light at play in Venice, soon after I arrived in town:

Filed under: Art, The Collection, Travel, Venice Biennale

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