Oil, gold leaf on wood panel
11 7/8 X 4 5/8 in.
This paintings 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 intrepid spirit of travelers, but also comments on the culture of acquisition and consumption (in many senses of the word) that lures many tourists to indulge in the luxuries of Italian cutlture.
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