An Abstract Painter's Pilgrimage to Italy

Sassetta, City by the Sea (view of Talamone), c.1340, Siena, Pinacoteca, formerl
Sassetta, City by the Sea (view of Talamone), c.1340, Siena, Pinacoteca, formerly attributed to Ambrogio Lorenzetti

Painter Barbara Campbell Thomas reflects on ten works of art that from her recent trip to Italy.

Introducing the images (of works by Sasetta, Morandi, Inji Efflatoun, Marlene Dumas and others) Thomas writes: "I came to Italy to draw and think, but also to locate an abstract painter’s alternate art history, one perfectly contoured to the needs of my own studio practice. Traversing centuries with ease and finding unexpected sustenance in viewing the conversant nature of contemplative space in paintings, mosaics, and performance art, I charted an entirely subjective course through the Italian cities of Siena, Bologna, Ravenna and Venice."