Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Interesting lady: Vittoria Colonna

I'd  been really missing this section

Vittoria Colonna  by Sebastiano del Piombo, c 1520

Name: Vittoria Colonna

Date of birth: 1490

Title: Marchesa de Pescara

Nationality: Italian

Occupation: intellectual, poetess,  influence important figures of her time, write letters.

First published work: Rime de la Divina Vittoria Colonna Marchesa di Pescara, in 1538

Good friend: Michaelangelo Buonarrotti. They exchanged letters, she inspired him and he wrote poems to and about her. He also made a drawing of her , this one:


on the news

Oh yess. I loved to read this piece of news a couple of months ago:

A painting split in two pieces for three centuries and a half , finally on display as a whole for the exhibition "Landscape reunited" in Taiwan. The scroll painting is called “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains",  by artist  Huang Gongwang (begun in 1347)

read the whole article in the ny times or learn more about the story of the painting at the exhibition website.
You can see the whole scroll thanks to this link to the history blog


Smile today (if possible)

Jordi Labanda
Magazine 19 June 2011



I love Santoro's stationary line Gorjuss , illustrated by Suzanne Woolcott. Almost as cute as international gothic :)




Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.

Rainer Maria Rilke


how many dragons are there in your life?
There's at least half a doze in mine

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Ciao amore


Well, it has been a great trip but it's time to go home.

Just one final stop at Il Papiro to get a souvenir. After all I belong to that species, the tourist, you know.

There, now we're ready to go. This is the last post of  the Venice Special , and I hope you really enjoyed it.
I still have a couple of surprises that I'm leaving for later though! See you soon.



  Let's not forget to go to Giardini before leaving!

Illustrated dictionary: Irony

At the Spanish pavilion, where the artist proposal is a single piece which "draws on the sociologist Erving Goffman's thesis on inadecuacy", that "underlines the violent fragility of everything we consider adecuate", a project that is "a form of dissidence, of escaping from the centre. The Inadecuate responds to the need not to meet expectations of not being what is expected of one"........

...where there is a big platform at the centre of the pavilion where you can read "L'inadeguato, lo inadecuado, the inadecuate" written in huge letters, we are invited to see and yet not to see the 4 little signs at the edges of the platform where you can read the following:

And so I say, is this a sort of experiment on social psychological where we are invited to step on the platform and dance like crazy or are the little signs for real...? 
Definitely art is not life.