Tag Archives: Italian history

Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Greg Mohr

Gondola Greg, as he’s widely known, reached out to me years ago when I published my first book Free Gondola Ride. He’s the president of the Gondola Society of America and also runs an American gondola company with multiple locations … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Cinderella Delivers the Winning Name

Apparently Cinderella is arriving in Venice… Thank you to Piero for sending me this photo. What a great float! Today it is delivering this message: The winner of the latest tombola for the “Venice, My Muse” interview with JoAnn Locktov … Continue reading

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Fans of Fans

It’s the 18th century in Venice. You are fortunate enough to call on friends in drawing rooms like this: Along with your stylish outfit, if you are a woman, you’d also accessorize with a fan. Ca’ Mocenigo displays such drawing … Continue reading

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