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From ACQUAFORTE to AQUA FORTE; an inspired tale of Italian Renaissance Art

Oct 29, 2019
Italian Art

“Sono fermamente convinto che anche con la geometria si possa fare della poesia”

“I’m firmly convinced that even with geometry we can write poetry”

Italy enjoys a proud heritage of being at the center of the world’s artistic movement. With some of the most famous pieces of art and outstanding architecture hailing from the heart of the country, it remains to this day a focal point for the world’s art. A good number of renowned artists, of both the historical and modern era hail from within Italy’s borders, from Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael to Giorgio de Chirico, Marino Marini and Walter Valentini to name but a few.

In ensuring a holistic, authentic Italian experience, the walls of AQUA Forte are adorned with the famous artwork of Walter Valentini.

The Artist

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Walter Valentini was born in 1928 in Pergalo, located in the province of Pesaro in the region of Marche in Italy. From 1947 to 1948 he resided in Rome and in 1949 he moved to Milan where he studied under Max Huber, Albe Steiner and Luigi Veronesi, all talented artists in their respective fields. In 1950 he moved from Lombardy to Urbino. He lived here until 1955 and attended the Scuola del libro – Institute of Fine Arts. It is during this period of time he discovered engraving and came into contact with Renaissance culture which would go onto influence him greatly in his future artistic endeavors.

The Art

Valentini is known for his etchings. He gained popularity in the eighties through these abstract works which he brought to life on either wood or paper. Each piece was defined by its geometry and rhythm. His earlier influences from Urbino come through in his work, with most of his pieces showcasing elements of the Renaissance utopia of the “Ideal City”. This can be seen in the stylised archways and the open geometry and incomplete circles all speaking to meticulous planning but unfinished architecture showcasing incompleteness.

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The Restaurant

Walter Valentini’s artwork was chosen for his famous “Etchings”, which translates in Italian to ‘Acquaforte’. His art was one of the inspirations behind our brand identity. The stylised arches that are prominent in his artwork and the colonial architecture of the building were incorporated into the design of our logo, as well as the arc. A selection of his original artwork can be seen on display at the restaurant as a tribute to the inspiration he has provided in bringing our passion to life in the heart of the city of Galle. All these well-thought details come together to bring an authentic and immersing taste of Italy’s beauty and culture on the shores of another beautiful land that is filled with its own wondrous allure.

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