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March 3, 2017

At the National Gallery in London, you’ll find both Hans Holbein the Younger’s double portrait, “The Ambassadors” as well as “Portrait of Pope Julius II” by Raphael. These are – on the surface – very different paintings by very different artists. Sure they both rely on...

January 20, 2017

I guess it goes without saying that The Vatican is going to house the greatest and most impressive collection of ancient Roman and high renaissance art in the world. After all, these are the guys who commissioned all the work. But I'll say it anyway: The Vatican houses...

January 20, 2017

So this isn't the type of place one is likely to visit on their first (or even second) trip to Rome. It's not one of the more heavily trafficked tourist sites which in a way makes it a pleasant destination if you've already spent the morning surrounded by throngs of fe...

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...

November 11, 2014

The Palatine Gallery, in the Pitti Palace in Florence, had a lot more “A-List Artists” than I was expecting. If this “small” museum were in NYC it would be, by far, the crown jewel of renaissance and baroque art collections in all of the USA. But it’s not in NYC, it’s...

November 8, 2014



This collection/museum in Madrid is astonishing not just with regard to the depths of its holdings... which are mind blowing... but also because it was amassed entirely AS A PRIVATE COLLECTION. Let that sink in after you see the caliber of artistry on display h...

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