Culture, Florence, Italy, Painting
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The Painter in Florence

Lo Studio di Pasquale Naccarato in Borgo Santi Apostoli

He started by going to Anna Rosselli del Turco saying: “Milady, I like the shop – just off the Arno in Florence, overlooking a listed garden–  here are my savings for the first month’s rent. For the next one you’ll have to wait and hope with me my paintings sell. I think I will manage, what do you say? “.

And the Lady smiled.

The young painter had the idea to make a living and pay the rent by selling paintings, masterfully executed, copied from masterpieces of ancient art. He painted the sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio, portraits of Rembrandt and Van Eyck, madonnas by Guercino, seventeenth-century still lifes. Proposals that defied 21st century modernity, the one of multimedia technologies that ended paper.

“Today I sold a painting, the artist told his landlord, Lemons in still life”.

The Marquis, who took his sister’s place in managing property, never spoke much. Like her, he just smiled. He was almost like a patron but believed in the painter’s self-confidence. He had important work commissioned for him in Lucca and Florence.

Both the painter and the aristocrat believed in the value of art.

After the first copies of Vermeer, Canaletto and Raphael sell, new orders arrive. Passers-by look delightedly at the window of his study. People think they are in a museum. Of course the painter’s challenge is substantial, but slowly regular orders by fine Italians and wealthy foreigners come in. A Japanese TV crew asks the painter to make a Mona Lisa: they produce a documentary about his extraordinary ability to copy.

Pasquale Naccarato, our painter, with patience and dedication, has discovered the techniques of ancient masters, reconstructed colors used six hundred years ago using industrial paint tubes, found warm tones of the ‘terre’, rebuilt historical glosses,  played with white light on canvas; in a word Naccarato has given a new life to ancient painting.

Month after month, year after year, the studio of Borgo Santi Apostoli in Florence, has become a reference in the “artists craftsmen’s” world of copyists. Today everyone, from politicians to filmmakers, from art critics to actors, from foreigners to well known italians, from hotel owners to hotel guests, from builders to  workers, everyone is happy to stop for a chat with the painter.

© Melissa Pignatelli 2012
Post blogged to enter Florens 2012 competiton for Florens Foundation’s events on values of identity and culture.

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