Painting: From Venice with Love

To Nietzsche, seeking a synonym for music, the answer was "always and only Venice." But it is a painter's city. Lodged between water and sky, the seaport that calls itself Serenissima is an unending symphony of light. Its sun-mellowed stones and shimmering canals, its façades etched in chiaroscuro against sea-fresh skies, its wide horizons and weirdly shifting perspectives have challenged and eluded more artists than any other city in the world. Of all the painters who have attempted to capture the visual music of Venice—and some of the greatest have been Venetians—none was better attuned than Giovanni Antonio...

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