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The Story Behind a Masterpiece


In May 2008 I went to Italy to visit my family after 8 years of being in the United States.


Of course, after being for so long away from my native country I went all over the place to see the beauty of Italy.


On the 17th of May, a drizzling day, my husband Nick, my mom Maria, my sister Elena, her fiancee Michele and I went to visit the Malpaga Castle which is located in the Bergamo province where I was born.


The castle was not open to the public at the time and to our chagrin, we could just go up to the locked gate. It was there that I took the picture of my sister and Michele in front of the castle. That was basically all we could do that day... a bit sad because of the failed excursion and the gloomy day, but happy to have spent some time together after all.


When I came back from Italy I downloaded all the pictures I took. Of course when you have so many of them, how are you going to notice that one perfect picture? But one day in 2011, I decided to do a painting.


I often use pictures from my trips to Italy for my oil paintings. I ruffled through the pictures taken during the 2008 trip and I came across “Castello di Malpaga” . The composition was nice, the subjects in it were definitely something close to my heart, so there it was... a painting already planned 3 years ago from a failed visit to the 600 year old castle. Failed? Not anymore...


With slow progress but a lot of appreciation for the subject and painstaking patience to details, I finally completed it! The painting! It was done!


The word “Masterpiece” did not come to mind until I noticed, unknowingly, the magic in it. The perspective view makes you feel like you are “walking in” the painting. In addition to this, the composition and color are such that the atmosphere inside the painting alters as the time and lighting of the day would change.  And there it was... a Masterpiece!  It has to be!  But what mostly makes it so, are the special people that brought the piece to realization and the two “mysterious” figures holding each other under that umbrella.  Who are they? Well... most of the viewers would not know, but to my eyes they are special.  I could recognize them from miles away.....


16 March, 2012