The “love paintings” by Marc Quinn are being exhibited at the famous French museum, drapings sold their weight in gold and fruit of the pen of the countless visitors who flock to the Palace in Via Cappello in Verona
It took an artist of the calibre of Marc Quinn to "rehabilitate" Juliet’s graffiti. In the past few months, the British contemporary art guru had placed white drapery on the walls of the building on via Cappello in Verona, inviting visitors to continue leaving their love lines. The result? Contemporary artworks, drapings sold their weight in gold. The countless post-its, doodles, scribbles and hearts form Quinn’s "love paintings" , artistically framed , have caused a real craze among European art collectors. Estimated at nearly three hundred thousand euros each, they will also be exhibited at the D'Orsay Museum in Paris with the approval of Verona’s city authority involved in a timeless battle against graffiti, with the exception of the “romantic” tradition. The love phrases written on the walls of the building where it is said Juliet lived, loved by Romeo and extolled by The Bard, will be displayed in one of the most important international museums. The official date is the only thing missing, but it is almost sure that in 2010 the D'Orsay will host an exhibit of Marc Quinn, love paintings included. "The graffiti are often negative and aggressive – explained the artist-, but they represent tension towards love or an ideal of perfection which represent the dreams of people. It is like a wall of dreams". Yet the panels that the authority had installed to protect the walls and that the tourists covered in writing now lie abandoned in the city warehouses.