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The evident spells of the enchantress Hyperbole and her sister Analogy. The puzzle of Lascaux. The puzzle is that the real meaning of the paintings in the French cave will never be known until a disturbing question can be answered. … Continue reading
Extravagant showmanship, a proclivity toward the taking of calculated risks, and unabashed greed- all salient features of the Venetian way of life- are epitomized in Francesco Guardi’s “Il Ridotto” , which also sums up the decadence of eighteenth-century Venice and … Continue reading
For a thousand years Venice held “the gorgeous east in fee” and set its own terms for the West. The Napoleon saw a bluff- and called it. … Napoleon himself commanded the French armies in Italy. But for five centuries … Continue reading
For a thousand years Venice held, “the gorgeous east in fee” and set its own terms for the West. Then Napoleon saw a bluff…and called it…. In Venice’s finest years she was a hard, unyielding, brilliant sort of state; an … Continue reading
“It was said of Uccello that the discovery of perspective had so impressed him that he spent nights and days drawing objects in foreshortening, and setting himself ever new problems. His fellow artists used to tell that he was so … Continue reading