John Singer Sargent & Italy
It’s John Singer Sargent’s birthday today. Sargent was fascinated with Italy. He was drawn to the country as am I (and who isn’t?) and some of his most beautiful work was done there, including this painting, Venezia, tempo grigio (Venice Time Gray), 1880-82.
In fact, Sargent was born in Florence, Italy to American parents. They’d been traveling through Europe, but stopped there because of the cholera epidemic. Sargent later tried to study at the Academy of Florence, but couldn’t because the school wasn’t yet able to handle students, so he went to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris instead.
In 2003, an exhibit of over 70 of his paintings and watercolors titled “Sargent and Italy,” originated at Palazzo dei Diamanti in Florence and then toured to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and concluded at the Denver Art Museum.
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