Braly Montoya | Villa, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Villa, Amalfi Coast, Italy

At the end of a week long visit to Ravello a few years ago, our host spoke these parting words:

“If you’ve seen a wall that needs something on it, let me know.”

It didn’t take long to identify the 900 year old, altar-like fireplace wall at the end of a long procession of rooms, nor to decide what the “something” should be: a created pentimento effect showing an earlier medieval chapel mural faintly emerging through a ‘later’ Renaissance mural of secular subjects.

Painted in situ on a finished plaster wall, this mural is decidedly ‘at home’ with the villa, and remains one of the most interesting projects we have done.

Photographs courtesy of Greg Tankersley