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June 2, 2019

 We never discuss Leonardo da Vinci’s name when it comes to Renaissance sculpture. And why would we? He left no famous sculptures! So it may surprise you to learn that Leonardo spent 17 years (nearly a third of his life) working on a single sculpture; during which time...

November 12, 2015

The Laurentian Library in Florence is a depository of rare books and manuscripts begun by Pope Clement VII (a member of the Medici family) and was meant to both showcase, show off, and propagandize the Medici family name, and to hold their 10,000+ rare manuscripts.



September 22, 2015


The Winter Palace is the "main facade" of the Hermitage Museum complex (the long building on the left, above). You walk 'through' the 3 large doors in the center and find yourself in a courtyard behind that facade... surrounded by 4 more buildings which together make...

April 7, 2015

The British Museum is temporarily hosting The Belvedere Torso which usually resides in the Belvedere Courtyard of the Vatican museum. Since I'm living in London and it's just 30 minutes away (on a cool, red, double-decker bus!) I've been availing myself of the opportun...

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