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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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The Devil Had Him by the Hair

Who did the devil have by the hair? And what did he have planned? Check out this post on Dianne Hales’ blog site Becoming Italian Word by Word. Dianne is the author of La Bella Lingua and Mona Lisa: A … Continue reading

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No Reason to Hide Ourselves

I missed the anniversary of Elisabetta Caminer Turra’s death by a couple days, but that’s no reason not to commemorate her today. She died on June 7, 1796, of complications related to breast cancer. Her doctors contended that the cancer … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: The Ridotto

It’s been a while since I shared a Quattro Minuti video with you. I know, some of you have already binged watched all of them on YouTube. But I’m guessing some of you wait feverishly for me to dole out … Continue reading

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Toast to the Birthday Boy!

Happy Birthday to our man Casanova! Others are celebrating as well: https://drinkwinetodaybecause.wordpress.com/author/drinkwinetodaybecause/ (These posts aren’t archived, so if you don’t click on this today, you’ll miss it!) DrinkWineTodayBecause To commemorate C’s birthday, here’s a Quattro Minuti con Casanova (okay, quattro e … Continue reading

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Nasty Woman, Venetian Style

After the recent U.S. presidential election, Urban Dictionary defines a “Nasty Woman” this way: “An intelligent female who is adept at putting ignorant men in their place.” “Her: My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s — … Continue reading

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Venetian Midwives–Who Knew?

At the presentation I recently made about Sarra Copia Sulam at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco, one audience member showed a remarkable knowledge of Venetian history. He approached me afterwards and introduced himself as the expert on Venetian … Continue reading

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