An Artist's Venice

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Vendome Press, 1997 - Art - 134 pages
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Arbit Blatas, the internationally renowned artist, has lived and worked in the legendary city of Venice for many years. The city's mysterious and incandescent beauty inspired some of his most luminous landscapes and are found among the finest collections in the world. The diverse facets of his art in this book include the now-famous sculptures dedicated to the Holocaust in the Historic Ghetto of Venice, and his theater designs for the Gran Teatro La Fenice. The paintings are accompanied by the prose and poetry of the great writers and composers, whose words about Venice evoke the pictures.

Among them are Lord Byron, Henry James, George Sand, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wagner, Peter I. Tchaikowsky, John Ruskin, Marcel Proust and Wolfgang Goethe.

The introduction is written by the artist's wife, the distinguished opera singer Regina Resnik. Major prefaces are contributed by Giuseppe Pugliese, Italy's most renowned musicologist; Mario Stefani, the noted Venetian poet; and Riccardo Calimani, the author of the "Ghetto of Venice." There are 60 reproductions in color and black and white, which capture Venice in all her guises, as seen by this artist who still remains inspired by her unending mysterious beauty.

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