Have a Closer Look

Sae and I came upon this painting today by Eduardo Ettore Forti done in the late 19th century. One hour later we were still engaged and in awe. What was the process of this

painting, how could one execute this kind of detail from ones imagination? The characters

are so complex in their expressions and postures, the quality of their attention, speaking and

listening. The fabrics and the drapery on the bodies. The floor tiles, the metal brazier and the bronze sculptures all created from many many colours together.


We do not paint like this now, maybe because we have photography and film. It is

amazing to consider how this was possible and the motivation and commitment of the artist

to do such work.