Lucca is an ideal place to study painting en plein air, whether for beginners or advanced artists. Encircled by its Late Renaissance walls, it sits isolated in a fertile plane, surrounded by mountains, proximate to spectacular villas, and served by a still-standing early nineteenth century aqueduct. This lush natural landscape and the often austere architectural forms are compelling lessons in perspective, composition, structure, foliage, and material texture. David Mayernik addresses them with liveliness and precision.


See his work on this site en plein air in oil and watercolor

The Walls from the South, Autumn

The Walls from the North, Summer

Palazzo Pfanner

Villa Reale, Marlia

The Aqueduct

Le Parole D'Oro

Paolo Guinigi commissioned Jacopo della Quercia to produce his precociously classical recumbant tomb figure of the patron's wife, Ilaria del Carretto, launching Lucca's Renaissance. Later in the fifteenth and early sixteenth century the sculptor/architect Matteo Civitale enriched the city with classical figures and architecture.

Lucca's Late-Renaissance walls are one of the city's main attractions, and were in their day at the forefront of military engineering.

In the seventeenth century the city produced the artist Pietro Testa, and the team of Coli-Gherardi; in the eighteenth one of Europe's most famous painters, Pompeo Batoni; all made their reputations in Rome.

LUCCA and the ARTS


A Roman founded town that recovered early from the fall of the Empire to be the capital of Tuscany  under the Lombards, Lucca thrived later in the Middle Ages as a producer of silk, and an important trading center... (continued under the photos)