1916) and the development of the Young Artists Movement.
The Bali tourist boom since the late 1960s has seen much development in the town; however, it remains a centre of artistic pursuit.
Eighth-century legend tells of a Javanese priest, Rsi Markendya, who meditated at the confluence of two rivers (an auspicious site for Hindus) at the Ubud locality of Campuan.
Here he founded the Gunung Lebah Temple on the valley floor, the site of which remains a pilgrim destination.
Massari created it by eliminating the floor of the upper piano nobile and closing an order of windows, thus doubling the height of the room; it gives the palace a truly “regal” effect, and expresses the spirit of the mid-18th century.
The grand ballroom of Palazzo Rezzonico is markedly original with respect to other Venetian buildings.
The room itself gives the illusion of being the centre of a much larger space that can be glimpsed beyond the trompe l’oeil architecture painted on the walls.
These illusionistic effects were created by Pietro Visconti, a Lombard artist who specialized in such works and collaborated with the most famous Venetian “figure” painters of the day; the ceiling fresco is by Giovanni Battista Crosato and represents the chariot of Phoebus with Europe, Asia, America and Africa on the four sides.
The two grandiose chandeliers in gilded wood and metal with floral motifs were part of the original furnishings of the palace.
A study of kapa dating back from pre-contact times (1778, arrival of Capt.
James Cook) shows a very geometric and eclectic style of kapa design.
Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency.
Promoted as an arts and culture centre, it has developed a large tourism industry.
Tourism on the island developed after the arrival of Walter Spies, an ethnic German born in Russia who taught painting and music, and dabbled in dance. They brought in some of the greatest artists from all over Bali to teach and train the Balinese in arts, helping Ubud become the cultural centre of Bali.