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Saldi Saldi Saldi!

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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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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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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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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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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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