Dramatic Skies in the Palazzo Barberini

Dramatic Skies in the Palazzo Barberini

It was turning into a rainy evening in Rome. The downpour was steady: persistent enough to slowly seep through my raincoat, but not aggressive enough to convince me to stop meandering through the drizzly streets, past intriguing old churches and lazily flowing fountains. Eventually, I made my way to […]

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Reframing the Frame, Exhibition at the Louvre

Reframing the Frame, Exhibition at the Louvre

“Excuse me,” demanded a tourist armed with an open Louvre map and a huge camera, “where is the art?” I had been standing with my nose in an intricately sculpted wooden frame that was, in fact, empty. Indeed, all the frames surrounding us in the gallery were missing their paintings, their raisons d’être. The resulting room was quite eerie at first [...]

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Dolce vita ? Italian Design at the Orsay

Dolce vita ? Italian Design at the Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay is currently displaying Dolce vita ? Du Liberty au design italien (1900-1940) in its 6th floor galleries. The exhibition covers Italian design from the early 20th century when Italy was still newly united, to the rise of Mussolini’s regime. The diverse styles found in [...]

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Good Friday in the Louvre

Good Friday in the Louvre

This is part of Louvre Photo Safaris, a series that focuses on details found in Louvre artworks around various themes, with the aim of looking at everything differently. Easter is here this Sunday! Many Christians consider Easter to be the most important holiday in the Church calendar. It commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, that [ ... ]

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

(As I finish up my thesis this month, this blog will be temporarily transformed into Garlands in Florence with posts about summer in Italy) Today was a trip to Cinque Terre. Sandwich fixings were laid out in the Villa dinging room for us to make our lunches. Freshly picked lettuce and tomatoes, local olive oil [ ... ]

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Arrival at the Villa

Arrival at the Villa

(As I finish up my thesis this month, this blog will be temporarily transformed into Garlands in Florence with posts about summer in Italy) Today has been a dream, a wisp. The descent into Florence was breathtaking. As I came out of the small plane directly onto the tarmac, the air smelled so [ ... ]

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