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Fioravante Seibezzi

Fioravante house

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
forever dreaming

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
perennemente sognava

Fioravante house

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Comments (4)


His work is charming, Annie, and what an interesting background! Bricklaying -- perhaps he was pushed into his father's profession.

BTW, I've been thinking of you as a finish an interesting novel, The Rossetti Letter. It's set in Venice and moves between a modern historian and an 17th century courtesan who uncovers a Spanish plot against Venice. I'm not sure why so many novels set in Venice seem to involve a courtesan, but it's still a nice read.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, how wonderful to be introduced to this talented artist. I love the soft colors in his paintings. That's a wonderful tribute. And the last painting does resemble the canal walkway on Torcello.

Thank you so much for sharing this very talented Venetian artist with us.

Interestingly educational post, A..Wonder where his paintings are exhibited, if at all.

Sandra, I'm pretty sure I read that novel though it's been a long time. You're right that there are a lot of novels involving Venice's courtesans...sex sells, I guess, and plus the Doges were kind of dull for the most part. :)

Kathy, I love the colors too. And the light.

M, when I googled him, I got a number of hits about his work being sold at various art auctions. Not sure where they are exhibited but they are definitely still being bought and sold. I'll keep an eye out for his work next time I'm in Venice.

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