|Trieste from the Palazzo Revoltella|
The great thing about visiting new places is the opportunity it affords to check out the art galleries for artists whose work is unfamiliar to you.
|The Palazzo Revoltella|
I have just been to Trieste and visited the Palazzo Revoltella. Which was once the home of local importer, financier and politician Pasquale Revoltella. He bequeathed his palazzo to the commune of Trieste and with it a huge sum of money with instructions that they build and house an art collection.
|The modern art gallery in Palazzo Revoltella|
Since then it has grown into a substantial gallery of late 19th century and 20th century art.
|The early version of Playboy magazine.|
Before the days of photography and the internet, wealthy men could afford to employ painters to give them pleasing images of the female form
|The dining room in Palazzo Revolterra|
One painting that intrigued me was this one ironically named The Holy Water
by an Austrian painter who I had never heard of called Albin Egger-Lienz (1868-1926) .
|The Holy Water by Albin Egger-Lienz|
Its unusual and powerful composition caught my eye immediately, so later via the wonders of the internet I managed to find more images of his work.
|He was commissioned as a war artist in 1914|
|Albin Egger-Lienz ( a rather serious looking gentleman)|
|Resting Shepherds by Albin Egger-Lienz|
|The Sower by Jean Francoise Millet|
His paintings of rural life owe a lot to Jean-François Millet, but his compositional talents are all his own.
|Hardtimes by Albin Egger-Lienz|
In the modern sculpture room I found this delightful small sculpture
Homage, 1963, steel, cm 70x65 by Dino Basaldella
It was so full of lovely lines and intuitive sculptural ideas I wanted to steal it
Again on the internet I found that he was one of 3 artist brothers, Dino, Mirko and Afro, the later becoming the most well known of the three.
|by Afro Basaldella|