A visit to the famous Piazza Navona in Rome is a must for every tourist. For as long as I can remember, this vivacious square is a great spot for people watching and it is also one of the great places in Rome to get a portrait or caricature sketched by one of the talented artists within the square.
There are many beautiful paintings of floral and landscape scenery.
Many dedicated artists try to sell their paintings there to make ends meet.
As an artist, it can be difficult to earn a living even when times are good. I've a great amount of respect and admiration for those who has managed to make a decent living for themselves through their artwork.
Here are some interesting caricatures of important figures or celebrities I came across.
I find it amazingly cool how an artist can take certain features of one’s face and draw them totally out of proportion yet at the same time have the picture resemble that person in some way. Or at least that’s what a good artist can create. Can you recognize any of these funny celebrities caricatures?
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It's a pity though. I may not know much about painting techniques, etc but from the pics, the paintings look gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Fantastic photos, i especially like the caricatures best. The paintings are fantastic as well, sadly artists are very underrated :-).ReplyDelete
I see Brad Pitt and Pamela Anderson and Mick Jagger and Marilyn Monroe.ReplyDelete
Amazing to have that kind of talent and yet they struggle.
They got talent don't it... only problem is, there isn't much people in this world that appreciates the art.ReplyDelete
The paintings are beautiful, especially the one of sunflowers! I would gladly buy one.ReplyDelete
I can recognize the style! An artist lives in my town, Popa's, who begun to practice this style years ago, creating a caricature school in town. Many artists of that school are going in Western Europe during the summer months, to earn some money by doing those caricatures. It is quite possible that the artist you saw there is a Romanian!ReplyDelete
What unique artists! I can enjoy these drawing all the day.ReplyDelete
What a neat place to visit, it must have been great to look at all the paintings and drawings. great post and photos.ReplyDelete
I agree with you on the caricatures.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this square with us. Some of the artwork looks absolutely beautiful. I've always been fascinated by caricatures and the artists who can do them so well.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos. I love them. As a young man of my dreams was to be a street artist and travel many cities. Unfortunately my dream was never fulfilled.ReplyDelete
in rome so many things vying for one's memory card room right? but i'm glad you had room for this piazza. i love browsing at artworks on the street.ReplyDelete
I haven't been to Rome but definitely, one day, I'll be there for a short vacation. It's on my travel wishlist!
Oh my.. I can't guess the celebrities. Sorry..
I, too want a caricature of myself! I wonder how much each costs... ?
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Wow,some of those artworks look really good! It must be so hard to break through and become a famous artist!ReplyDelete
There are a lot of talented artists out there. I guess the most talented ones with a touch of good PR skills make a good living and the not so good don't.ReplyDelete
Wonderful post! i love Piazza Narvona. Did you buy a piece of art work?ReplyDelete
What a fantastic place! How fun to be there! Terrific paintings and caricatures and you've captured it all perfectly! I love it! Hope you have a great week!ReplyDelete
That’s the thing about a good caricaturist. When you can recognize the person with a few simple and exaggerated strokes that IS talent, indeed. Having been to Italy where I saw several street corners with artists selling their work, I can see it is not easy to make a living that way. I think it’s a worldwide condition for creative people. We have similar artists here in BCReplyDelete
Wonderful display of artistic talent.ReplyDelete
You have been very privileged to traveling so much, which i also would love to do. I envy people whose work involved travelling like the photojournalists, they are paid while enjoying themselves. I've been to this Piazza and i walked for 2 days through the ruins there and some more places. I also remember the Egyptian pharaoh like a golden statue and some other human structures mimicking some famous figures for some tips from delighted and generous tourists. The artists are so creative but it might be a difficult life!ReplyDelete
fabulous photos! what a fun place to visit. i love the caricatures--it's a great gift for people who don't take themselves seriously.:pReplyDelete
Very nice photos ! I have been everywhere in Italy except Rome ! It's a shame !ReplyDelete
Love to see caricatures with their thick lips big nose hahaReplyDelete
Guess its Leonardo DiCaprio. Mike Jagger and M Monroe. Sorry no idea on the top right lady.ReplyDelete
The other top set is Bread Pitt haha Brad Pitt and also dunno other two.ReplyDelete
Rome is a great place to visit and relax, while tasting some exquisite food and wines. hope you'll be able to make it to Rome someday. as far as i can tell you, prices can start from as little as 50 euros for an A4 Line Drawing in Black Ink. the colour prints would fetch higher prices.
although i enjoyed looking at those artwork, i had no intention of buying any of them as i don't have space in my house. :)
The last four, I guess, were leo de caprio, pam anderson, mick jagger and marilyn monroe (just read her sad bio last night). Btw, i always wanted to be an artist because I love painting. Just like what you've mentioned, artists really struggle to make ends meet.ReplyDelete
Love all your photos. Love all the artworks. :)
It's hard to make a living as an artist since art is so subjective. And this place has a variety to accommodate all tastes.ReplyDelete
I wanna go to Piazza Navona in Rome too ha ha! Oh when will that be???ReplyDelete
I'm sure my friend Emila would love this tourist spot too!ReplyDelete
Such great talent, wish I could sketch/draw/paint as superb as the pics I see here... yeah dream on Mariuca!!! ;)ReplyDelete
The charicatures are very cool - great talents all round.ReplyDelete
Calling by from Thats' My World Tuesday and was rather surprised to find a post from Italy! This is one of my favourite places in Roma.ReplyDelete