Discovered on Vacation: Giacomo Favretto
Recently, I visited Venice for the first time. Turns out the hotel we stayed at was the former residence of a famous Venetian artist!
The hotel was the San Cassiano, and it was awesome! Unlike many hotels on our trip, we were able to fit all four of us in the same room. The staff and decor was lovely. The best part though was the view! This hotel is right on the grand canal... this was the view from our room!
While we were there, we noticed a lot of art from the artist Giacomo Favretto. We learned that the hotel was his home in the late 1800's. Giacomo was a very popular and successful Venetian artist. He painted in a realistic, impressionistic style and his most common subject was his native Venice.
It was awesome learning of an artist while visiting their muse of choice. I can totally see the influences of the space in his work. For example there's a strong sense of shadow and reflection in Venice partly because of the narrow walkways and partly due to the lack of trees. Of course, the water provides and interesting reflective light. Giacomo captures the light beautifully. Also in Venice there is a flow of people from large squares to narrow walkways: individual to group settings. Again, Giacomo beautifully captures that human flow.