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Giorgione: unique exhibition, pity about the setting

January 3, 2010

Driving through northern Italy, I come across a unique exhibition of the masterpieces of Giorgione, one of the most inspiring Italian Renaissance painters. He did not paint much, so it is rare to find most of his work together, in this case in the little town of Castelfranco Veneto, where he was born.
     All the more pity to find the exhibition crammed crammed into a tiny building which cannot cope with the numbers of people wanting to see it. Just now, that means queuing for lengthy periods in the cold and rain. Inside, you can hardly move in the crush and the audio devices can only be reconciled to the exhibits with difficulty. Some explanations are just in Italian.                                                                                                                                                      Why is Italy, the country which has created and hosts the greatest works of art in Europe, so mediocre nowadays in presenting art? The Uffiizi in Florence is the same: great works but dreary presentation. You can do better, Italy.

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