On entering Room No. 308 the guest’s attention is immediately drawn to the large picture windows behind gold curtains and the view of the Dolomites beyond. The inclined walls and the reading chair placed on a thick, colourful “Gabbeh” carpet emanate comfort and cosiness.
The work by the artist Antonella Mazzoni provides an interesting contrast: in general her painting style can be described as photo-realistic. Her subjects painted in a bemusing, hypo-realistic manner, are usually set against a horizon producing a transcendental effect. Mazzoni combines them with a sentence or a fragment of a sentence.
In the series shown in Hotel Greif, “Painting the bodies belonging to the many portraits produced in the history of art”, the artist supplies the bodies often missing from the portraits painted in the past. The body alone arouses ideas and curiosity in the beholder: how does the missing part look, i.e. the head, the person’s most identifying feature?