Santa Margherita Liguria, Landscape Sketches
The cold weather often brings nostalgia for the warmer months. Earlier this year I had the pleasure to pass some of August in Santa Margherita Liguria. It is a charming fishing town that is located between Rapallo and Portofino. The town itself didn’t offer many interesting ideas for paintings but the views were very nice.
The iffy weather bothered most of the milanese vacationers but it provided a variety of cloud patterns and light effects that I tried to capture in the following small sketches. They are all oil on panel and 20cm x 30cm. My time there was brief so I concentrated my work from a little piazza next to the local castle that overlooks the gulf. The ideal landscape spot, in addition to a paintable subject, usually involves a couple of elements. An off the beaten track place is essential if you do not want to be constantly bothered by every passerby. In the August heat a bit of natural shade also goes a long way.
In the downtime I always enjoy exploring the streets and churches for a possible subject or some interesting art and architecture.
An unexpected surprise was a funerary urn I found in the Cathedral. It belonged to a Lucio Taiezo Pepso. It is pictured below. Like so much of the Italy’s historic remains it was forgotten and neglected. This very nice piece was hidden in the unused side entrance vestibule that has been converted into spare chair storage. The inscriptions reads more or less:
To the sacred gods of the afterlife, Lucius Taietius Pepsus, Taietia Eutrepe (freedmen) and their son Lucius Taitius Apollinare made this for those worthy and their descendants.
Their names (Pepsio, Eutrepe, and Apollinaire) all suggest greek or oriental origins. The scene below can also be interpreted as a Mithraic scene, an eastern cult introduced to Imperial rome. The urn probably dates from the II century.