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Too Bad I Don’t Smoke

I spotted it from five feet away. It was sitting on a low table, alongside a plastic Christmas mug and some costume jewelry. “Oh my gosh, I found my treasure!” I crowed to my sister-in-law. She had just been wondering … Continue reading

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Gilded Age

Have you ever moved in close to one of those early Renaissance panels with the gold leaf and really looked at the layers and colors and textures of it? The way the gold has a red undercoat, and how little … Continue reading

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Remembering Helenio

Fiora Gandolfi Herrera, an iconoclastic Venetian, sent me this video where she shares memories of her late husband, the soccer star Helenio Herrera. 20 Years without Helenio Herrera I met Fiora a few years ago when she showed up at … Continue reading

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As Seen from Below

Earlier this year I posted news and photos of the Lorenzo Quinn’z sculpture at Ca’ Sagredo by Traghetto Santa Sofia. (See “Grand Canal Sea Monster” from May 19, 2017.) When I was in Venice last July, I snuck around the … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Hermonia Vivarini

Though women worked in the glass bead industry of Murano, few women made glassware. Hermonia Vivarini is a rare exception. Check out this video to hear a bit more about her life: Redefining Beauty: Hermonia Vivarini The day I filmed … Continue reading

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Boston’s Beautiful Woman in Venice

Okay, one more post about the Boston-Venice connection. While in Boston, I also visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, my favorite type of museum because it is set up to feel like a home full of art. Isabella, a Boston … Continue reading

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Basilica Ghost Image

Last week I spent some days at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. The college is run by a group of Benedictine monks who also operate the California school where I work, and I was there with a group … Continue reading

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