I really dig this Venice, Bridge of Sighs painting by Ara-Hrachya Hakobyan. This is oil on canvas. I love his use of color and texture. He uses both impressionist and expressionist techniques in his work.
I’ve never been to Venice, but this is truly breathtaking. The Bridge of Sighs is an actual place and not just a clever name. It is appropriate. However, there is a twist.
The bridge was built in 1600. It is over the Rio di Palazzo, connecting the New Prison, or Prigioni Nuove to the interrogation rooms. It is said that the view from the bridge was the last view of Venice that prisoners would see before their imprisonment. The name suggests that after the prisoners would catch their last glimpse of Venice…or freedom, they would sigh.
Ara is in the Saatchi gallery. He lives and works in Texas. If you dig this as much as I do, here is my link to purchase.
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