|Roses Under The Sun framed artwork by Irina Sztukowski . Link to the print is HERE|
|Flowers And Music by Irina Sztukowski. Link to the canvas print is HERE|
Blue Music by Irina Sztukowski. Link to print is HERE
An interesting combination of objects and subjects came to my mind when exploring a new exhibition Casanova: The Seduction Of Europe that is now presented in Legion Of Honor Museum in San Francisco. I thought about combined beauty of Flowers, Gold, Nude, and Music. The exhibition has many more subjects mix there.
In the dynamic world of mid-eighteenth century Europe, people, ideas, and aesthetics crossed national boundaries. For an intelligent, curious, confident, and lucky person like Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798), the possibilities must have seemed endless. Stretching the limits of both social and physical mobility, he traveled from his native Venice to Paris, London, Dresden, and even Russia and the Ottoman Empire. He charmed—and was charmed by—every level of European society, from scoundrels to kings.Casanova went everywhere, knew everyone, and wrote it all down. His twelve-volume autobiography—The Story of My Life—provides an unrivaled account of eighteenth-century society. Casanova was famously a womanizer and a cheat. He broke promises, perpetrated frauds, and skipped out on creditors. Many of his sexual exploits were scandalous and criminal in his own time, and, for different reasons, would be considered reprehensible today. But he was also a multitalented and multilingual intellectual and a keen observer of society, endowed with a surprisingly modern candor and capacity for self-invention. Many of the trends in our own society—from our obsession with celebrity culture to the confessions we make on social media—find precedents in Casanova’s writings and experiences.
I loved exploring the art of 18th Century with its range from hyper realism to an obvious impressionistic approach for boudoir love scenes.
Here are a few examples of city scapes from the beginning of the century:
|Giovanni Antonio Canal, The Grand Canal from Campo San Vio, 1730-35|
|Bernardo Bellotto, View Of Dresden 1747|
a fragment close up view of gorgeous oil painting:
A part of exhibition was devoted to portrait paintings of famous people of that time