Christopher Ryan Paintings
Assaggiare (Taste)
2013
Oil, gold leaf on wood panel
11 7/8 X 4 5/8 in.
This painting uses the repertoire of medieval and renaissance panel painting to address issues associated with contemporary mass tourism. The anonymous figure refers to not only the ubiquitous presence of tourists in Italy, but the tenuous co-existence between visitors and the art treasures of so many Italian cities. The panel pays tribute to the refined tastes of travelers on the Chianti wine routes, but also comments on the culture of consumption and gastronomical sampling that attracts many tourists to Italy.

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