This is a painting of the Italian village of Manarola, Cinque Terre, done from a photograph I shot while there. It is a beautiful area with 5 villages along the coast.
Manarola is older than Riomaggiore (beginning of the 13th century). The village is surrounded by vines and is situated along a stream. The wine of Manarola is very famous and the "Via dell'Amore" starts here. This is an easy to walk, paved path a distance of two kilometres, connecting Manarola to Riomaggiore.
The houses descend right down to the sea, clinging to wave-beaten rocks. Here as well the main street consists of the covering of a torrent, from which narrow alleys, paved with stone, depart. The place-name comes from "Manium Arula", a small temple dedicated to the Manes, built here in Roman times. It is connected to Riomaggiore, of which it is an outlying village, by the famous Via dell'Amore.
This piece is on heavyweight paper which has been mounted to board. It will need a frame for display.
- Robert Holewinski