“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: