What fun–click here to listen to the W25 podcast featuring Sassi Italy Tours!
As is well known around here, we’re huge fans of the WineTwoFive podcast because it gives you a look at the inquisitive, geeky side of wine culture without all the huffery and snootery that much of serious wineblogging and wine social-media’ing is known for. It’s informative without being snobby, entertaining without missing what really matters to wine drinkers.
Lucky for us, I got to appear on the podcast this week, talking about the importance of wine travel, getting outside our touristy comfort zones, and digging into the *real* Italy and the wonderful wine culture you can find off the beaten path. Give it a listen!
Unless you can draw this well, you probably should consider getting some instruction from @SassiDrawing. (Hint: you cannot draw this well.)
Check out Raphael Sassi’s prominent mention in this article about the impressive collection on display at the RedLine gallery in Denver.
His silverpoint drawing was one of the pieces used in the article. Silverpoint is a remarkable medium wherein the artist uses a silver wire on a surface prepared with gesso or primer, and Raphael is widely known as one of the premier silverpoint artists in the country.
We agree with OG Venice: this is mesmerizing to watch. Even more so in person!
This is fantastic work! The artist painted dancers to match Burano houses; in a couple, you have to look for a second to find the person! Some mild, painted-over artistic nudity is present in the link. Slight possibility of NSFW, depending.
Sassi Drawing will be prominently featured in an upcoming show in New York; check out the Sugarlift Gallery’s Events page for details on the dates and more information.
Amazing what Raphael can do with merely a ball point pen:
This magnificent fellow stands a lonely watch outside the sculpture museum on Torcello, the quiet little island where the first Venetians built a homestead to hide from the raiding Lombards and their ilk. To think of all that’s come and gone for the Venetian republic since an anonymous sculptor liberated him from a marble blank centuries ago…
Portrait commission recently completed by Raphael. Want to learn to draw like this? Well, that’ll be tough as Raphael is a true master, but hey, we can certainly help you get started on the learning curve. In Italy no less!