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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 13 July 2015

    CONTENTS:
  1. Casting Call Update: Handing out Kickstarter Rewards
  2. Staglieno Cemetery - Amazing Marble Carvings in Genoa, Italy
  3. Calendar
  4. New Figure Painting: Reflections of a Studio Model
  5. Blog Highlights: Italy in Springtime
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[torso marble sculpture]

"Back to Back"
Marble Sculpture by Kelly Borsheim

Dear Art Lover,

If you love delicate and incredible marble carvings, this issue and the next are for you! Days before I left Italy, some friends and I visited the famous Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa. I have much to share, so keep reading!

But first, I would like to share with you some images of a grateful artist with some happy and wonderful art supporters. I have been traveling around Florida while visiting my family here, delivering some of the rewards from my first Kickstarter art project: Casting Call: I'm Melting . . . Melting! Into Bronze.

This was the first time that I have ever ordered prints on metal (aluminum) of my images. They look really cool! The metal prints have a hanging wire and wooden frame mounted on the back in such a way that they need no frame and give a "shadow effect" upon the wall. Check out available images here:
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-kelly-borsheim.html

[Arriving to Florida, greeted by family]
Arriving to Florida from Italy; greeted by family

[Art packages arrive]
Art packages arrive to Florida!

[dinner with Lisa and John]
A wonderful dinner with Lisa and John in their Florida home

[Art reward Lisa John]
Lisa and John receive my image of
Cellini's 'Perseus' bronze sculpture

[art reward with Lisa and John]
Classmates: Editor Fran and Collector Val

[Art on metal print]
Art print on metal - sister Amber

[Isaac and Jenny with new print on metal]
Isaac and Jenny enjoy their new print on metal

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Cemetery Camposanto di Staglieno, Genova, Italia

I was a little surprised that I had never heard of the cemetery in Genova, Italia (Genoa, Italy, when translated into English) until one of my colleagues started posting his photographs of various works of art on Facebook. Earlier this year, I finally met a long-term carver, Walter S. Arnold in Pietrasanta, the stone carver's town near the marble mountains above Carrara. Before saying goodbye to Walter, I turned to ask him if he knew anything about the cemetery. How fortunate! He did indeed, and presented his book, which my friend and I each bought and asked him to sign. There was no way that I would leave Italy this time without having seen this gem.

While I was only able to stay for a few hours while traveling with friends, I felt moved way more than I expected. It was not just the awe of the technical abilities of the sculptors, it was the humanity expressed in so many ways of how we grieve and how we love. The body language was very impressively portrayed.

Here is a bit of history that I am copying from a sign inside of the Staglieno Cemetery:

"The cemetery's primal part, which had been planned around 1835 by Carlo Barabino, was completed during the 1840s by Giovanni Battista Resasco, who stressed its monumental nature by realizing a quadrilateral portico divided in four parts by two perpendicular avenues; at their exact intersection there is the statue of the Faith, made by the sculptor Santo Varni.

The monuments, placed here in 1851, when the Cemetery of Staglieno was opened for the first time to the public, witness the ideals of a rising society, encouraged both by the scientific and technological progress, whose certainties would have fallen into crisis only towards the end of the 19th century.

Even if sculptures haven't been placed in a chronological order, many of them, which are in the northern part of the "Porticato a Ponente" (western portico) - inspired mainly by the Neoclassicism - sometimes show an interest in nature and in a more romantic representation of feelings. However, the most frequent style in the quadrilateral is the Bourgeois Realism, which was at its height in the 1870s and 1880s, thanks to its very detailed and virtuosic description of personalities, costumes and some elements of the social status, so making Staglieno world famous. In the Eastern Portico some fluid and sensual figures bear witness of the success of the Symbolism and of the Art Nouveau at the beginning of the 20th century."

There is a non-profit organization in the US, American Friends of Italian Monumental Sculpture, that is working with the City of Genoa, Italy, to properly clean and restore these sculptures to their original glory. Staglieno is considered the largest outdoor sculpture museum in Europe.

I hope my snapshots will give you the desire to see more; or even to visit in person and even help the restoration/cleaning efforts of these magnificent works of art! By all means, tell people about this place!

Read Part II HERE: More Amazing Marble Carvings!
http://www.borsheimarts.com/news/201508_ArtNews-StaglienoMarbleSculptureGenoaItaly-Part2.htm

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

Faith statue by Santo Varni

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]
Damage is evident on the pieces closer to the outside.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]
The details of carved fabric are stunning!

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]
Look at the thin delicacy of the scroll!

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

Left: I found this marble sculpture of a child copying an adult gesture of grief to be totally lovely and touching.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

Left: The mirrored gesture of the angled arms with the
contrasting curving sweep of drapery is an effective design
to lead the eye upwards to the central figure.
Above: The dates are photographed.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

What expression! What gesture!
What clothing! I do not believe that I have
ever seen chainmail in a marble carving!

Below: I love the round gears added behind the
lovely vertical feminine figure. Circle and thin rectangle.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

Left: I love the sweeping curve of the wing.
The front view of the male figure is intense, too. [not shown]

Above [a detail from the proceeding row]: It was interesting to see
the staff (with two snakes) of the Greek God Hermes in so many sculptures here,
especially when there were no other obvious signs of the god or the god himself.
I have been creating a painting composition that includes Hermes,
which is how I noticed this detail in Staglieno.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

Years and years of accumulated dust and dirt
are evident everywhere. These sculptures are mostly located under
covered porches, but not enclosed. It is part of their charm,
this access to the surrounding landscape.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

Above: We were lucky to see one work under scaffolding as it was being cleaned.

Right: I feel a special affinity to George and the Dragon,
although I have never really understood why.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

The amazing carving of marble continues:
the extended parts, the extraordinary expressions and details!
But, oh the dirt. Sometimes it gives a solarized effect to
the white stone, but mostly, the dirt is something one notices
right away, and it should not be. It ruins the messages.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

The tenderness and the sadness I felt seeing this sculpture in marble:
the connecting of the hands...one must wonder if this is the tomb of newlyweds.
So much potential lost.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

However, I photographed the part below and it seems that the couple
had a child and an eternal love: the hope of the world.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

another stunning Pietà

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

While I find these textures and colors beautiful,
it is clear that it is not just the sculpure that needs attention.
Imagine what would happen to the art if the architecture crumbles first!

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

In Part 2 of Staglieno, I will show you marble in flight,
as well as lacy details in stone! Thank you for viewing.
Walter and I appreciate your involvement in restoring these masterpieces.

[Staglieno Cemetery Genoa Italy Genova Sculpture Marble Carver]

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Cemetery Camposanto di Staglieno, Genova, Italia

To learn more about this amazing museum of sculpture of the 1800s and early 1900s, please follow these links:

[Staglieno the Art of the Marble Carver BOOK by Walter S. Arnold]

[Light from Darkness art exhibit]

"Nightwatch"
charcoal with pastel / carboncino con pastelli
64 x 46 cm

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Calendar:

Soon I will be in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Paul/Minneapolis, and then zipping down IH-35 back to Austin, Texas.

Send me an e-mail if you would like to try to meet up.

October 22-25 finds me at The Artists Fair, at the Bargehouse in London [Yes, England]: www.theartistsfair.com

I would love to see you if possible.

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[Studio Model daydreaming of weeping willow trees]

Reflections of a Studio Model
oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm
© Kelly Borsheim

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New Figure Painting: Reflections of a Studio Model:

I am guessing that it takes a pretty big idiot to show off one of her little oil paintings after showing you so many masterpieces. Despite my lack of marketing skills, perhaps a peaceful image will feel a relief after the gory subjects above.

Many people wonder what models think about when they are posing for artists. I decided to play with that idea while making something new of a figure painting I did in a studio with other artists some time ago. I love trees and weeping willows are especially appealing. My grandparents had a great one in their yard on a lake in Minnesota. I have been waiting to use them in some sort of composition, so here we go.

Like most of my work, some part of the image is related to me or my current life situation. I have been living in the city of Florence, Italy, for about three-four years now [straight] and I need more trees. So, if I were the model and had to sit so still for hours, I would dream of trees! The little turtle in the foreground right was added because I felt something needed to break up the space and I wanted to hint at the idea that possibily her dream might be linked to reality. His presence outside of her dreaming gaze may imply that. Speriamo.

Thanks to Magda, who is a wonderful model!

Contact Borsheim Arts Studio if you would like to acquire this painting. Thank you!

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Kelly Borsheim
3 July 2015


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[Sorrento Italy Vesuvius]

View of volcano Vesuvius from Sorrento, Italy

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[book street painting florence italy]
Above: Cover for book:
"My Life as a Street Painter in Florence, Italy"

by Kelly Borsheim

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