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Sails on the sea

Pietro Fragiacomo

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Although born in Trieste, Fragiacomo moved to Venice at a very young age. Here he began an artisanal and artistic training, having Guglielmo Ciardi among his masters. Later he became an excellent painter, of various subjects, although inevitably centered on the changing appearance of the lagoon city. The work that we see here shows some boats driven by large sails crossing the waters of the lagoon. If the rendering of the glow and the waves is not particularly fitting, the cloudy sky in which the splendor of the gathering sunset is more convincing. It remains an almost classical impression, supremely restored by the large horizontal format, cut in half by the almost indistinct profile of the city. Only a very small figure appears on the nearest sail, signifying the quiet and constant work of human beings, very close to beauty, yet almost forgetful of it.

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