An exhibition titled A Bountiful Banquet at the Prince's Table opens at the Italian Culture Institute in Cairo on 20 January, bringing the paintings of Egypt-based Columbian artist Americo Lozano side-by-side with those of 17th-century Italian artist Evaristo Baschenis.
Lozano is a visual artist who has been living in Egypt for many years, painting distinct Orientalist subjects including Egyptian landscapes and portraits of the country's characters, and still life works.
The exhibition compares his work with Baschenis’ still life pieces, mostly depicting musical instruments during the Baroque era.
In the exhibition’s statement, his work is described as “a lavish banquet at a prince’s table. Like Baschenis, Americo Lozano serves us a grand feast in celebration of art.”
The exhibition also draws parallels between the formal painting techniques of both artists.
“Following in the footsteps of Italian masters such as Baschenis, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio, Lozano applies numerous thin layers of pigment to build colours from below, resulting in an unrivalled sense of depth, saturation, and richness of colour,” the statement reads.
Artwork by Americo Lozano (Photo: courtesy of Italian Culture Institute
The exhibition opens on 20 January at 7pm and will run until 11 February.
It will be open from 10am to 4pm from Sunday through Thursday.
Italian Culture Institute in Cairo, 3 Sheikh Marsafy Street, Zamalek, Cairo
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