- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Corte Berlendis II 2007
- Description of Featured Image
- A view of Corte Berlendis, a small alleyway in the Cannaregio district of Venice. Above the passageway is a square opening with a peaked top, through which is seen washing hanging out to dry. A lone man walks through the passageway, his figure silhouetted against the light. In earlier states of the print, the figure is absent.
- Series/Book Title
- Venice Series
- Series/Illustration Number
- No. 11
- Where Made
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Burnished aquatint, roulette and drypoint on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Hahnemühle paper with watermark: cockerel within a circle; Velin Arches paper.
Image size: 260 x 178 mm
Matrix size: 260 x 180 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All state impressions printed by Martin King at the Venice Printmaking Studio, Venice. Edition printed by Rosalind Atkins at the Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne).
- Summary Edition Information
- Eight states. Edition of ten numbered impressions, 2007.
- Australian Print Workshop 2007–08: Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne), Fondamenti Nove, 21 November 2007 – 2 February 2008, no. 8.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: ten state impressions, numbered 1-1 through 1-9, 2-9.
- Venice Series: Click for a full account of the Venice Series (cat. nos E.138–E.150).
This is the second of two prints whose subject is Corte Berlendis, a small alleyway or courtyard in the Cannaregio district of Venice. The other work is Corte Berlendis (cat. no. E.142), which depicts the subject from the opposite direction. E.148 is based on an undated pencil drawing in Amor’s large Venice Sketchbook, and was subsequently used as the modello for an oil, painted later in 2007. Amor was attracted to Corte Berlendis for the simple geometry of its decaying architecture.
E.148 went through considerable changes across its eight states. In the first four states, it incorporated a view, through the opening, over the waters of the lagoon, as Amor had recorded it in his pencil drawing. In the fifth state, the view of the lagoon was completely burnished away, and, in the following state, a figure was added. In the last two states, Amor focused largely on the optical effects created by the figure walking into the light. As with the earlier Corte Berlendis subject, he also experimented with plate tone while making this work, printing some impressions with so much ink that many of the architectural details are not visible. This is the case, for example, with the second impression of the final state (VIII.b).
Amor’s painting of the subject, made after the etching, amalgamated details from the early and late states. It includes both the landscape seen through the opening and the walking figure.
- Figure – male, Streetscape, Venice
Record last updated 15/09/2017