According to legend, when Rauschenberg visited Alberto Burri at his studio in Città di Castello in 1952, the two artists chatted pleasantly in the garden and afterwards, with much ceremony, exchanged paintings. After leaving, Rauschenberg threw all his own works into the Arno River so he could start painting afresh, more like Burri.
Italian design is a byword for quality, culture and ingenuity and is often associated with the Made in Italy label. Its originality and unique characteristics have given rise to veritable creative workshop in this country. Together with research and creativity, this has enabled Italy to achieve an undisputed level of excellence envied by one and all.
The art world is often seen as forbidding for all but expert collectors. Am I buying a genuine work? Is the price right? Is the investment really a sound one? Is art the preserve of an elite? Especially on the internet, it’s difficult to trust a seller in the absence of any physical contact.