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Caravaggio madonna dei palafrenieri

I want to introduce a new series of posts. I want to discover again old paintings and make them accessible to all.

Caravaggio madonna dei Palafrenieri was commissioned by the confraternity of the Palafrenieri, who wanted to place it on an altar in St. Peter's Basilica in 1606.
Caravaggio was offered only 70 scudi for this work, but despite the low price he accepted, being in a period of hardship, even those few scudi were needed.

Despite the very low cost of the painting, the work was immediately rejected by the clients for several reasons: the baby Jesus was too big to appear naked, moreover, the Virgin showed a too wide neckline, and then they absolutely did not accept that it was Lena, a prostitute who represented Maria.

Later he was also criticized by Catholics: the attitude of Jesus in stepping on the snake, according to them, seemed almost as if he enjoyed killing the snake.
All these criticisms labeled Caravaggio's painting as a heretical painting.

Later the painting was sold to the Borghese family for 100 scudi.

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Who is Caravaggio

Caravaggio (1571-1610), or Michelangelo Merisi, was an Italian painter considered one of the leading influencers of modern painting. His artworks combine a realistic perception of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, which had a developmental impact on Baroque painting. Caravaggio utilized close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism. In addition, he made the method of a dominant stylistic element, obscuring shadows and transfixing subjects in bright shafts of light.

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Priano location in tampa

Meet the artist, a series of Art events at Priano , in Tampa

I am thrilled to announce that I have a new home for my artwork.
I am excited to be the resident artist at this amazing design center in Tampa. The location is called Priano – an amazing modern building recently developed with high-end homeowners in mind.
This mecca of design is home not only to my permanent gallery but also to some pretty impressive architecture and artwork that will make you feel like your senses have been transported somewhere else!
I have been given the opportunity to work in one of Tampa Bay’s most prestigious buildings and I want to give personal tours on Saturdays.
Interpreting the story behind each piece of artwork is my mission. I want to create an experience for visitors that goes beyond a simple viewing and explores how art can be used as both a formative creative expression in everyday life and a statement about our values.

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The location

Priano is the quintessential Design Center, providing a centralized and dynamic experience to members of the trade. Priano curates top-quality interior & exterior finishes including cabinetry, countertops, floor & wall coverings, natural stone, tile, plumbing fixtures, window treatments, and appliances.

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The Events

I decided to create a series of events to explain my work and introduce the Romeo and Juliet collection presented for the first time in Miami during Art Basel. It’s a chance to interact with me and ask as many questions as possible.

Generally, the events are on Saturday afternoon.

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Alex Righetto Art Tour in Priano

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For more info please contact the venue, call the number (813) 964-3882 or write at ciao@priano.com

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My first exhibition in America

Before talking about this event I want to get personal. They say that every cloud has a silver lining. And that is very true for me.
2020 wasn’t probably the best year to remember. But I must admit it pushed me out of my comfort zone, in a way that I never believed would be possible.

I have a very eclectic background. Designer, marketer, and so on, but at the root, I am an artist. I studied fine art academy in Italy. Aside from my art career, I was pursuing a career as a Marketer, working full-time to promote my customer’s work. This pandemic made me think about how much things can be fragile and easy to come to an end. I had to talk to myself: If not now, when? When should be the right time to live off my art? To really put me in the game? That moment of crisis drove me to a personal revival as an artist; to a personal regrow.

What seemed like an impossible dream and goal to reach was finally a reality a few weeks ago. I decided that "tomorrow" should change to "today". My “maybes” should be changing into an “it’s happening”.

I started painting at night, on weekends, and all the time I had available in order to make it happen. Honestly, it felt so good. Being able to see that not only was again satisfied with what I was doing but also see other people being so interested and supportive of my creations gave me the bust of confidence that I needed.

I believe that art can change the world for the better, that is my motto. Without living up to my fullest potential as an artist it would be a great disgrace to myself if I didn't give it a try. My partner Stacy played a significant role in helping me make this decision to use my art to express my inner voice. And so she became my biggest influence and produced this magnificent Red Carpet event in my honor.

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, I had my first exhibition in America. This was a red carpet event to remember. I had over 150 people show up to see my art and experience my stories through my paintings.

I am honored to share that my art was extremely well-received with glowing reviews and the sale of my original watercolor portrait, Old Man Domenico. I shared the story of my inspiration behind this piece, which came from my grandfather who escaped the Army during World War II. My grandpa was so strong and as I painted his face and captured its weathered texture I recalled the fact that he had not only escaped but literally walked back to Italy from Russia!

I decided to create a collection of watercolors and especially portraits because through those techniques I could express and study the emotion of people. Conveying those emotions through art has always been my passion and to evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

Read my full story here