Matera

For those adventurous artists who have squeezed the last drop from your yellow ochre and burnt sienna while painting Tuscan sunrises and sunsets, head south.  I’m not talking Rome or Naples or Salerno, I mean the Deep South that Carlo Levi wrote about in Christ Stopped At Eboli.

In 1935, The Fascists exiled Levi to this region as a political prisoner. For those unfamiliar with this book, it has nothing to do with religion or of Christ making a weekend get-away to the Basilicata region. It refers to the idea that if Christ was traveling south in Italy and doing his Godly thing along the way, then he stopped when he reached EboliLevi wrote: “upon my arrival, the peasants said, ‘we are not Christians, Christ stopped short of here, at Eboli.’ Christian, in their way of speaking meant human being.”  This “God-forsaken” region remains today a land outside time.

So, what do I like about this earthy and primeval region?  Just that. It’s earthy and primitive.  Matera is one of my favorite villages in the Basilicata region. It’s unique architecture and  steep, twisting alleyways are fun to explore and challenging to paint.

The original 12″x16″ watercolor painting on Arches 140 pound paper can be purchased at my art website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size can be purchased at my print site:  http://pamela-allegretto.fineartamerica.com

Matera

Matera – Click on a door to enlarge image or to purchase giclee prints.

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About pamelaallegretto

Artist/Writer
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