Here everything becomes a painting, everything turns into a painting. As there is nothing we can do against this sky, this water, this air, that mysteriously turn bricks and stones and geometries into pure colour and pictorial value. This city’s intimate essence, its very structure is made of paint. Who wants to have a real proof of this has to consider that here the genius loci has found a real expression and a final accomplishment in the painters’ works, here and only here.

Diego Valeri, A sentimental guide to Venice

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