Italy has always been a destination for travelers. For centuries, Rome was the caput mundi, center of the known world. Even after the fall of the empire, all roads led to Rome, the seat of the Catholic Church, a place of pilgrimage. In the 17th century, Italy became the primary destination of the Grand Tour, a trip essential for educating young men of means to experience Italy’s antiquity, art and architecture. But they saw more than they were sent to find. They saw sunlight, passion, a hunger for life. Why Italy? Because it is breathtaking. They say on the seventh day God didn’t rest, he created Italy.
Let celebrated photographer, Rochelle Cheever, take you on a romantic journey of her top ten Italian destinations – Rome, Capri, Florence, Polignano a Mare, Venice, Lake Como, Positano, Orvieto, Ravello, Chianti – with her stunning imagery capturing the very essence that is Italy.
About Rochelle Cheever
Artist and photographer, Rochelle Cheever, has been awarded the Patronage of the Minister of Fine Arts and Culture in Italy (Patrocinio del Ministro per i Beni e le Attività Culturali), and Artoque (Diploma of Excellence, England). She has been a finalist at the Orvieto International Awards, Lucie International Photography Awards, and Tau Visual (National Association of Professional Photographers of Italy). Her work has been exhibited in Rome at the Vittoriano Museum (with Patronage from the Italian Fine Arts Minister), 100 Artisti a Trastevere, John Cabot University, Il Cortile dell’Arte, The American Academy, Explora Museum Italy and at Il Palazzetto Dépendence Hotel Hassler. In Dallas Texas, her work was exhibited at The Fairmont and at the Cattle Baron’s Ball.
In the United States of America, her work has been featured in publications such as Style Me Pretty, Strictly Weddings, Destination Inspirations, Junebug Weddings, and the New York Daily News, and in Italy, in publications such as SposaMania, Il Messaggero, Il Giornale, The American and In Rome Now.
Her portraits have been commissioned by the Fendi family, the family of former U.S. Ambassador to Italy Mel Sembler, the Fracassi family, National Geographic CEO David Haslingden and his family, former CEO of Colgate Palmolive in Italy Todd Atwood, and many others.
The poses and expressions Cheever uses in her work are derived from the influence of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarotti. She is particularly drawn to art of the Romanesque, Renaissance and Neo-Classical.
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