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But where is it?

By request of my mother, here's a picture and a poll, behind the cut. The picture is of the postcard advertising a show of her artwork, currently on in Venice. The poll asks you to decide where the event is being held.

We're more interested in your first instinctive reaction rather than extensive thought on the subject.

Where is this exhibition being held?

Sala Capitolare - Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Galleria il Sotoportego - Scuola Internazionale di Grafica

Can you read Italian?

A bit


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Oct. 22nd, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
I agree with easterbunny; I would think the Scuola sponsored the event but would assume the exhibition was in the Sala Capitolare of the Santa Maria Gloriosa.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Upon reading it through, I'd think that the exhibit was in the Sala Capitolare, but my first thought was that it was at the Scuala, because, well -- Big! letters. Address!
Oct. 23rd, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
or even scuola -- I don't actually read Italian, but I can read it (i.e., no formal training, but I can generally work my way through Italian, Spanish, and Dutch, if I have to).
Oct. 23rd, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
This is a very, very beautiful rendering. So subtle, so soothing, and so attentive to detail, without being slavish. But the card, as a piece of visual communication, doesn't work well, as you suggest. It would really be better if the title of the work were much smaller, and perhaps placed at the bottom right of the composition.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Where by "a bit" I mean words cognate with words in more familiar Romance languages or with Latin. Because of that, I was guessing that the Sala Capitolare was the subject of the artwork in the background, but that is a really strange to place to list the title of just one work--if I'm even right in my guess about that!--in the show. Plus, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari sounds too much like a church to be hosting an art show.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
At a quick glance, I could tell that the address (on Cannareggio) was probably where the show was taking place, but not whether the Scuola Internazione di Grafica Venezia's Galeria il Sotoportego was in fact the same place as the Sala Capitolare of S. Maria Gloriosa, or whether the Scuola was merely the supporting organization using the Sala to host its exhibitions -- and if the Sala Capitolare wasn't the location of the exhibition, I didn't know what it was doing on the flyer at all. It's not that I can't read Italian; it's that the layout of the flyer is confusing. (If "Sala Capitolare, S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frare" is the title of the background image, it strikes my eye as wanting to be in quotes -- whether single or double will depend on national preference.)
Oct. 23rd, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
First reaction was Sala Capitolare.
Second reaction is at the Scuola.

I don't speak or read Italian really, I speak Spanish and French and can usually suss out Italian based on that. I'm better at understanding it spoken though than on the page.

That print is making me a bit nostalgic for walking around the city with your mom scoping out Sotoportegi and eating to-die-for-bought-fresh-at-the-market food.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
Basically, I agree that the layout is confusing. The Sala line could be an additional descriptor for the title of the show, even though it's naming a place.

The added twist for me, is that I know that your mom works with/at the Scuola often, so when I scanned the card, I just assumed that the Scuola was the sponsor.

However, the more specific address information seems to be associated with the Scuola, not S. Maria.

So I'd probably be at a loss about where to go having gotten the card, but when in doubt, would go to the address over anything else or I'd call the phone number listed and check to make sure.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
First reaction was Sala Capitolare. Second reaction is at the Scuola.

Likewise. Once I'd thought about the format for a moment, it occurred to me the text under the exhibition title might be a tag-line rather than a location. Plus, on closer inspection, somewhere called Scuola Internazionale di Grafica was a likely venue.

Needless to say, I don't speak a word of Italian.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
My first and second reactions were the same as these - and my Italian is gleaned from doing a lot of reading for my MA thesis, which is to say it's pretty bad!

I'm better at figuring out Italian on the page than spoken, though ;)
Oct. 23rd, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
I kind of thought the 'sala' line might refer to the background image... confusing!
Oct. 23rd, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
I just submitted -- but I think it helped me that I'm familiar with the scuola as an entity and as a place that would probably be hosting a show. Are there any uarts folks over there now?
Oct. 23rd, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
I will ask!
Oct. 23rd, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
When I first read the card, I was a bit confused. However, after a moment's thought, I decided "Sala Capitolare - Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari" was a descriptive tagline rather than an address. This was because it wasn't detailed enough to be a complete address (unless it's a very well known landmark), and because it sounded like a church, which might mean that it is the place depicted in the artwork on the card. Also, "Galleria il Sotoportego" sounds like a reference to a specific gallery, which probably wouldn't be there if the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica was just sponsoring the event.

I can read just enough Italian to know what I'm getting on my pizza.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
I read no Italian (although I'll need to pick some up if I'm going to go and visit my brother who has just moved to Ispra, near Milan) so my choice is going by format.

Is she a student/alumni of the Sala Capitolare? That's how it reads to me, plus the Galleria il Sotoportego bit is more prominent and has an address by it.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
The less Italian you can read, the more likely you were to choose the correct destination off of the postcard, perversely. It was indeed at the Galleria il Sotoportego. The Sala is the room portrayed in the background image on the postcard.
Oct. 24th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
where is it?
On the postcard the title of the engraving is in italics. Maybe this was too subtle, but it is a typographic indication of the title of the art work.

No one who posted an answer thought to doublecheck the information about the exhibition location on the Scuola di Grafica's website.

Oct. 25th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I'm right (ah, arrogance!), but I still want you to post telling us which it is. :-D
Oct. 25th, 2006 08:22 am (UTC)
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