These days, Rococo, as an artistic style, is not widely in fashion. It is too decorative. Too fussy. Too theatrical! Too much!
Where did it come from? It was the final expression of the Baroque period in western Europe and made its appearance in the early part of the 18th century, first in France. Blame Louis XV!
While we might not be in tune with this style, in Venice back then, rococo was THE thing and Tiepolo was one of the great masters. Tiepolo was known throughout Europe, and was prolific. Here is an image of a work that he did in Milan
And you might be surprised by this tidbit
(The Italian city of) Udine prides itself on the being the second home of the great Venetian painter Tiepolo, who adorned the city with some of his most celebrated work. His instantly recognisable style – fresh, ebullient frescos with an almost trompe-l’œil quality – can be seen in situ at the Palazzo Patriarcale and in the city’s marvellous Romanesque duomo. It’s also worth checking out the nearby Oratorio della Purità to see Tiepolo’s last ever fresco in Italy. Titled Assunta, it’s a vibrant depiction of the Virgin Mary’s ascension into heaven, and is a fitting Italian swansong for this Venetian-born master.
Udine? Yes. Udine. The capital of Friuli, near the Slovene border. There are reasons to linger there. But we may want to take a day trip
Cividale del Friuli is arguably the most beautiful town in Friuli. Founded by Julius Caesar (whose statue now stands outside the town hall), it later saw invasions by the Lombards, rule by Venice, annexation by Austria and finally incorporation into Italy. These days it’s a centre of Friulian culture and has a strong Slovene influence, being just ten kilometres from the border. The Tempietto Lombardo, a unique religious building dating from 760 with some evocative frescos, is the most striking historical site.
That is nice. And there is more!
. Just outside the town lies Joe Bastianich’s restaurant Orsone, as well as his family vineyards. Cividale del Friuli is just a 25-minute train ride from Udine.
So, how can I resist? This has to be an option in my luxury excursion that focuses on Slovenia, and sloshes over into Italy.
What do you think?