Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Benjamin Paterssen Paintings in Geocoded Art

View of the Tauride Palace from the Garden

Painting by Benjamin Paterssen (1750-1815).  This artist a series of paintings of the architectural highlights of Petersburg.  Their lack of emotional content says something about their era and purpose: the construction of a great city, on a rational plan, was the ideal to be celebrated. A common feature (not present in this work) is the edge of a monumental building framing the image as a whole, providing context to judge distance and the scale of the buildings that are the principal subject.  One of the unstated subjects though, is the wide boulevards that make the city a commodious habitation for the elegant and refined pedestrians.

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