A few facts about the pliable plaster. -The texture is crafted with the layers of Italian plaster applied by hand.
-Once dry, the plaster does not flake, chip off or come off.
-Pliable plaster can develop cracks at the places of frequent and sharp folding and bending but it won't come off, see the second bullet.
-It is watertight, except for the parts where the textile is exposed.
-Because of the nature of plaster and hand application, the patterns never repeat.
-It's made to be touched.
Onino Sentakuita formation on Aoshima
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Picture 1: Multi/Trade: The “chinese room” within one of the villas we visited exemplifies both trade and multiculturalism through its Venetian interpretation of Chinese culture. Displaying these images in this room suggested that Venice was knowledgeable and had viewed firsthand chinese culture. It also emphasizes the recent trade that had emerged with the East through Marco Polo.
Picture 2: Surfaces/Pattern: The star covered ceiling of the Galla Placidia mausoleum shows the great effect that pattern can have within a building. The way the stars are arranged causes the ceiling to appear as if it is receding in the center - making it look like we are actually looking into the night sky
Picture 3: Surfaces/Light: The lighting in the Arian baptistery provided the mosaic with an inspiring effect. The way the building is lit allows the mosaic to appear as if it is immersed in heavenly light as the dove is descending over Christ.
This staircase, located on the Basilica Palladia, gives another prime example of the Venetian use of different types of marble on the facades of their building to enhance the texture. #TU2Venice #Surfaces
The Teatro Olympico is an example of #surfaces. The setting includes physical buildings and props, but as the scene fades the vanishing point is actually a painting. This combination of physical and pictured setting makes it hard to distinguish one surface from another. #tu2venice
Incredible theater and villas in Vicenza! Don't even get me started on the frescoes 😍
Photo 1: The Olympic Theater in Vicenza was modelled after an ancient Roman theater by the architect Andrea Palladio. The #appropriation of Roman architectural elements such as columns and pediments are in an attempt to tie Venice to the Roman Empire and to bring back the magnificence of the ideal classical architecture during the Renaissance
Photo 2: This fresco by Giovanni Batista Tiepolo in Villa Valmarana is called the "Chinese Room" and depicts the Renaissance Venetian understanding of what life in China looked like. The fact that this room exists is because of the #trade of information between China and Venice since the time of Marco Polo, even though Tiepolo never went to China himself.
Photo 3: Chandeliers such as this one are plentiful in each of the Palladian villas in Vicenza. Though they were made after the Renaissance period, the popularity of Murano glass chandeliers demonstrates the continued Venetian interest in #surfaces and how light reflects off of different materials.
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The Teatro Olympia is a great example of the use of serfaces. It is a great example of both processional archetecture mixed with the everyday archetecture in one building. It brings you into the scene and makes you think it's larger then it actually is. #tu2venice #surfaces
(Using a previous picture) With Venice being located on the water, the Venetians are used to seeing water interact with everything in their daily lives. Even something as simple as walking over a bridge at different times of day would allow them to see the water reflecting light onto the bridge differently. This subsequently influences their taste in art, hence the use of mosaics and very tactile and thick oil paint brushstrokes. #tu2venice #surfaces
This is a picture of San Marco, the stunning and most well known building in Venice. As you can see, in addition to the breathtaking mosaics that interact beautifully with the light that reflects with them, there are also purple columns which you can see the tops of. These purple columns are very unique to San Marco and incorporate the common idea of the columns, but add a Venetian touch by using a brighter splash of color with purple. #TU2Venice #surfaces
These are bricks that form the ceiling of a tunnel in the Villa Rotonda as well. The bricks are carefully patterned and placed in one by one, because if one is slightly misplaced, the entire pattern is ruined. Italy is known for their love of pattern, and these bricks add a detailed and beautiful element to the already stunning Villa. #TU2Venice #surfaces
This fresco provides an excellent example of #surfaces. The pillars shown are painted as opposed to an actual architectural feature, exemplifying the Venetian focus on surfaces and blurring the line between actual and painted architectural elements. #tu2venice