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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...

January 20, 2017

The National Gallery in London is one of the best pound-for-pound museums in the world. Small, in terms of collection breadth (they don't have millions upon millions of items largely tucked away in storage) but unbelievable and unbeatable in terms of content. More "A w...

January 20, 2017

The Albertina was hosting a MAGNIFICENT drawing exhibition when we visited. Easily the best stand alone show I've ever seen of Old Master drawings. There were Michelangelos, Raphaels, Rubens, and even a Da Vinci. There were Durer drawings and Holbein drawings... you na...

April 27, 2015

One important thing I can tell you upfront about visiting The Last Supper in Milan is that you must book your tickets weeks, if not months, in advance. We booked ours six weeks before we’d be in Milan and only managed to secure the last two available tickets for the we...

April 14, 2015


The Sforza Castle in Milan is one of those places I’d heard about for decades before finally visiting. Famously the home of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, during the time of Leonardo da Vinci… it was also the home of Leonardo da Vinci while he was in the employ of th...

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Inspiring quotes by Old Master artists