Luce Brunello and the light in Caravaggio: tradition becomes modern
In our series of artistic pairings with Tenuta Luce’s wines, finding the right pairing with our Brunello di Montalcino wasn’t easy. While for Lucente we had imagined a pop pairing with Sunrise from Roy Lichtenstein (link), and we had matched Luce with the Piazze d’Italia series from Giorgio De Chirico (link), what could be the right artist or painting for our Brunello which, though starting from the tradition of Brunello di Montalcino has a modern style nonetheless?
It was the use of light that guided us, and in particular the use of light made by Caravaggio. The artist, who was born in Milan and died in Porto Ercole, on the Tuscan coast, often based his works on biblical scenes, on mythology and on the allegories that have always been a part of religious and non-religious iconography. Yet despite the classic themes, he used a modern style of his own, innovating mostly through his use of light, thanks to the use of the camera obscura and to his placing some lanterns to illuminate the characters with an oblique light. A light that makes his paintings unique and recognisable even by the less expert viewer.
In a similar way Luce Brunello, born from the 11 hectares of Tenuta Luce registered in the Brunello di Montalcino Docg, is part of the tradition of a territory of unquestionable vocation for wine production, and of Sangiovese. At the same time, however, Luce Brunello doesn’t renounce to the originality that is typical of the wines of Tenuta Luce. In this wine there’s in other words the tradition of one of the most important appellations in Italy, as well as that innovative, modern point of view, that light that has always made our wines recognisable.