In 1949 Lucatello wins one of the studios
offered as a prize by the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa
of Venice (a legacy left to help young artists). The studio
was a large room full of light, on the top floor of the Palazzo
Carminati at San Stae. The view from its windows was a skyline
dominated by a sea of rooftops and parts of the characteristic
red venetian houses. It was an exciting vision, which changed
continuously with the light. Lucatello paints and exhibits
The roof-tops and even sends them to the Venice Biennale,
where he is awarded the Tursi prize.
In this period Shirle Goedike, an American painter, visits
one of his oneman shows and becomes enthusiastic about
these rooftops. When he returns to Los Angeles
he talks about them to his Gallery, who invites the Venetian
artist to exhibit overseas and later on offers him a contract.