When I was walking through Santa Croce, I stumbled across this house. The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful arch fragment and then the degraded or chiseled-away relief inside it. But when I stopped to take a photo, I noticed the sign above the arch stating that this was the home of Venetian artist Fioravante Seibezzi (1906-1974). I wasn’t familiar with him so when I got home, I checked him out and found some of his paintings. He’s an interesting guy…a self-taught artist whose first career was a bricklayer. He debuted at the Venice Biennale in 1938 and exhibited there many times. He also won a competition to design the stained glass windows for the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido (home of the Venice Film Festival).
Here’s a rough translation of the sign on his house – a sweet tribute:
Long lived in this house
ingenious and delicate Venetian painter
that the magic transparencies of his paintings enclosed
the wide blue expanse
and the iridescent lagoon water
that his boyish heart
I love his paintings.
This is my favorite. The title is Lagoon Landscape or something like that, but it's got to be Torcello.
The sign in Italian:
in questa case lungamente visse
geniale e delicato pittore veneziano
che nelle magiche trasparenze delle sue tele racchiuse
le ampie distese azzure
e le iridescenti acqua lagunari
che il suo cuore fanciullo