Portraits of Venice

By 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 (2002 - 2002) by Gianni Berengo GardinFondazione 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 (1986 - 1986) by Federica GalliFondazione 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
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Canal Grande, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Fondamenta Osmarin, Venice (1986 - 1986) by Federica GalliFondazione Federica Galli

Canals and bridges

Rio dei Furlani, Venice, Federica Galli, 1985 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Rio del Rimedio, Venice, Federica Galli, 1986 - 1986, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Ponte del diavolo, Venice, Federica Galli, 1986 - 1986, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Rio del Piombo, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. E) (1984 - 1985) by Federica GalliFondazione 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
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Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. B), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. C), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. D), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Bacino di San Marco, Venice (part. E), Federica Galli, 1984 - 1985, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Lio Piccolo, boat in the shed, Venice (1984 - 1984) by Federica GalliFondazione Federica Galli

Boats and gondolas

Valle Liona, small boat, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Lio Piccolo, boat in the shed, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Punta Sabbioni, la Violetta, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Lio Piccolo, anchors, Venice, Federica Galli, 1984 - 1984, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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Two gondolas, Venice, Federica Galli, 1986 - 1986, From the collection of: Fondazione Federica Galli
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