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The last sparrow in Venice

Regular price: R18 000 • Special offer: R14 000

Sparrows are disappearing. 

These most beloved of birds have abandoned some of their favourite haunts. It is as if they no longer like being in the tourist traps that these once great cities have become.

On every visit to Venice it was my special joy to draw the lbj’s but on my last visit, they were nowhere to be seen.

Venetians call them their ucelli (the little birds), and one of the greatest artists of the early Renaissance was known by the name of Ucello.

It was three weeks before I saw my first sparrow. Where there used to be clouds of sparrows to darken the sky, now at last I saw one in a closed off, secret garden.

As always, I had my sketchbook with me. I did a quick study of the little bird, for painting at a later stage, and back home, working on this painting was a balm to my soul.


Email Ryno at ryno@artistvision.org