Tag Archives: Venice history

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

Posted in A Beautiful Woman in Venice, Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Venice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Gregory Dowling

Here is the latest in my monthly series of interview with Venetophiles. This month we feature another writer. Gregory Dowling¬†grew up in Bristol, England, and graduated from Oxford University. From 1979 to 1981 he taught in language schools in Naples, … Continue reading

Posted in Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Italian heritage, Venice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in A Beautiful Woman in Venice, Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Venice, My Muse: An Interview with JoAnn Locktov

Here is the third installment of the new interview series, “Venice, My Muse.” Today we’ll hear from JoAnn Locktov, editor of the Dream of Venice series. JoAnn established Bella Figura Publications in 2014, as an imprint dedicated to publishing books … Continue reading

Posted in A Beautiful Woman in Venice, Casanova, Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 91 Comments