The light floods in bright and pleasant through the large picture windows: the spacious Room No. 212 is situated on the second floor, very close to the blue of the sky. On entering the room a green-blue sculpture catches the guest’s eye, an abstract head placed over the bed.
The artist Oliviero Rainaldi is both a painter and sketcher, as well as a sculptor. In his work he concentrates on the human form, its gestures and body language and in so doing he examines the fundamental questions of human existence, rooted in religion and philosophy, linked to archaic and medieval art history.
At the same time the subject of the reclining male figure and the head recur continuously. He has produced a sculpture and two pictures for Hotel Greif: the larger work hangs over the seating group, a reclining or levitating man. The artist writes about his work in a short poetic extract:
‘You see you, yourself before you.
In the beginning green: certitude of a hope.
You are observed, you observe, realising that your strength lies in your weakness.
The remainder is striding hopefully into the unknown.’
The bathroom is furnished with black marble, in which the delicate greenish embedded particles recapture the colours of the art works in the room. The private balcony is a luxurious extra, the perfect place to soak up the sun or to savour a glass of wine as a nightcap.