Antonio Reyna, 1859 – 1937, SPANISH
ST MARK’S SQUARE, VENICE
Oil on canvas
35.5 by 75cm., 14 by 29½in.
Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square is the main public square in Venice. The Piazza is located in front of the great Byzantine church known as Basilica di San Marco. This Piazza is surrounded by shops, caffè’s and palazzi on three sides. According to local legend Napoleon called the Piazza San Marco “the drawing room of Europe.” More on Piazza San Marco
Antonio Maria De Reyna Mascau ( Coin , December 5 , 1859 – Rome , 3 February 1937) was a Spanish artist , and among the most original of his time in Italy.
From a young age he showed a predisposition and great passion for drawing, thanks to this outstanding talent, he was enrolled in painting classes at the School of Fine Arts in Malaga , where he began his artistic training.
Antonio become a celebrity in his hometown, the County Council awarded him an annuity paiment so he could expand his studies and his knowledge. This revenue allowed him to move to Italy, where he could devote himself to the study of the old masters
He chose Rome, where he visits with the most important artists of the time, and where he married the opera singer Beatrice Mililotti De Santis. Thanks to his wife’s, he had important commissions from the most important families in the city.
He was considered one of the most significant authors of Venetian view painting in the nineteenth and twentieth century. He painted palaces and Venetian architecture, for this reason it was referred to as the painter of Venice using a very personal technique, which gave the works, a vibrant and intense light through a very rich palette chromatically. He has exhibited at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Paris in 1887 and also participated in 1901 and 1911 at the Great Exhibition of Rome.
Antonio Reyna, along with Senet has continued the tradition started by Martin Rico y Ortega, painters of light and color on the canvas that have set their impressions through animated pictorial images from the canals, gondolas, Venetian palaces and squares. More Reyna Mascau
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