|Accademia Gallery, Venice, Italy|
The Accademia Gallery is a treasure trove of Venetian art. Look up and you see the elaborately carved and painted ceilings; look down, and you walk on beautiful variegated marble tile floors; and on the surrounding walls you will find scenes crowded with endless details revealing the wealth and glory of Venice in the 15th and 16th centuries, when it dominated trade and commerce in the eastern Mediterranean.
|Annunciation by Lorenzo Veneziano 1376-1372, center of a large altarpiece|
|Madonna with the Red Cherubs, Giovanni Bellini 1485-1490|
In the large paintings with dozens of figures, I was struck by how the painting as a whole functioned in the same way as today's graphic novels, with each figure and detail playing its own part in telling the larger story.
|Detail from the Sacred Conversation by Giovanni Bellini, 1487|
|Detail of gondoliers, The Miracle of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto, also known as The Healing of the Madman by Vittore Carpaccio, 1494.|
|Procession in Piazza San Marco, Gentile Bellini, 1496.|
|Detail from the Marriage of Saint Catherine by Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese, 1565-70.|
|Annunciation by Paolo Veronese|
|Annunciation, Giovanni Bellini, 1490|
|Feast in the House of Levi by Paolo Veronese|
|Detail from Feast in the House of Levi by Paolo Veronese|
|Billboard along the canal just outside the entrance to the Accademia Gallery.|
|Poster for Baselitz Academy Exhibit, part of the Venice Biennale|