Portraits of Venice

Fondazione Federica Galli

Between 1983 and 1983 Federica Galli, a prominent figure of the art of engraving in Italy, engraved the series of “Thirtynine Venice's views”, urban “portraits” dedicated to a city that held a special meaning in her life: she expressed her gratitude in the form of a vision that is perceptive and honest, but never banal.

Federica Galli's portrait by Gianni Berengo Garden, Gianni Berengo Gardin, 2002 - 2002, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
A prominent figure of the art of engraving in Italy, Federica Galli was born in 1932 in Soresina – a village just outside Cremona. She began engraving in 1954 experimenting with etching, a technique she never abandoned for the rest of her life.  In 1966 she began to embark on a densely packed programme of cultural trips that took her to the most important European capitals, and to countries where the art of engraving is less deeply rooted. This was also the year in which she matured the conviction that engraving was the technique in which she expressed herself most effectively and started to apply herself exclusively to this art form, producing over eight hundred different subjects. Between 1954 and 2008, Federica engraved over eight hundred plates with a focus on three principal themes: landscapes, trees and cityscapes. Her passion for nature, combined with a capacity to bring forth its most enchanting aspects, are revealed in over one hundred plates.  Federica Galli passed away on 6 February 2009 and entrusted her artistic legacy to a Foundation bearing her name, which was set up on 17 July 2009 in Milan. 
Cannaregio, Venice, Federica Galli, 1986 - 1986, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Venice by night
Federica Gally’s legendary technical ability has allowed her to overcome obstacles that are usually difficult to engravers, such as the representation of snow and night.
La Giudecca, Corte grande, Venice, Federica Galli, 1986 - 1986, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Canal Grande, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Fondamenta Osmarin, Venice, Federica Galli, 1986 - 1986, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Canals and bridges
Rio dei Furlani, Venice, Federica Galli, 1985 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Rio del Rimedio, Venice, Federica Galli, 1986 - 1986, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Ponte del diavolo, Venice, Federica Galli, 1986 - 1986, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Rio del Piombo, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. E), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Bacino San Marco
The following five etchings make up the great view of the Bacino San Marco (overall size mm 593 x 2256): Palazzo Ducale, San Giorgio, Le Zitelle, La Dogana, La Salute.
Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. A), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. B), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. C), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. D), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. E), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Lio Piccolo, boat in the shed, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Boats and gondolas
Valle Liona, small boat, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Lio Piccolo, boat in the shed, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Punta Sabbioni, la Violetta, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Lio Piccolo, anchors, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
Two gondolas, Venice, Federica Galli, 1986 - 1986, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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