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Redefining Beauty Videos: Marina Querini Benzon

As many of you know, one advantage of Biennale years is that exhibits are housed inside palaces and buildings that are often not otherwise open to the public. I was giddy with excitement when I found that Palazzo Benzon, former … Continue reading

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Alticchiero Found Again

If you read my book A Beautiful Woman in Venice or A Venetian Affair by Andrea di Robilant or if you’re just a fan of Giustiniana Wynne, you may remember hearing about the villa named Altichiero, owned by Angelo Querini. Giustiniana was … 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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A Title in Question

“First Female Gondolier in Venice” Who holds that title? Why is this question important (or not?) What does it signify? Why are we asking? The question became pertinent again this summer when RadioLab aired its story “The Gondolier” about Alex … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Giustiniana Wynne

  Today I’d like to remember Giustiniana Wynne. She died on this date in 1791. But Giustiniana was not forgotten as her life neared its end. “The poor Countess is to die,” wrote her niece Betsy on June 23, 1791. “There … Continue reading

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Book discussion questions: A Beautiful Woman in Venice

Does your bookclub need some ideas for your next reading endeavor? Consider A Beautiful Woman in Venice, my collection of biographies about Venetian women. Dip into 28 chapters on over 35 Venetian women spanning six centuries. From poets Veronica Franco … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Anna Maria dal Violin

On this day in 1782, a great violinist died. She was Anna Maria dal Violin, who was orphaned, left at the Ospedale Santa Maria della Pietá in the scaffetta, a revolving door where babies could be left anonymously. She showed … Continue reading

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