Monthly Archives: November 2013

Venice 697-1797: A City, A Republic, An Empire – Book Review

Alvise Zorzi’s masterful tome, “Venice 697-1797: A City, A Republic, An Empire” recently fell into my grasp.  Birthday presents are nice!  (Woodstock: The Overlook Press: Peter Mayer Publishers, Woodstock, NY, 2001 revised English edition, 303pp.  Originally published in 1999, Milan). Birthday … Continue reading

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Altamira Fine Art Opens Scottsdale Gallery

Altamira Fine Art, one of the leading contemporary western art galleries in the entire United States, opened their first Scottsdale, Arizona gallery on November 7, 2013. a great birthday present for me! Straight from the source, here is the link to … Continue reading

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Art – The West Select 2013

The third annual “The West Select” juried exhibition of western art kicked off for public viewing on November 10 in the Steele Gallery in the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  The exhibition will be open until December 31, 2013. … Continue reading

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The Seen and the Unseen

“What is seen is transient, the unseen is eternal.”  “They could not see the forest for the trees.” Several different types of “seeing” are evident in the two aphorisms quoted above.  The first is speaking to the “unseen” as non-physical objects, ideas or … Continue reading

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Antifragile – Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Book Review

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, “Antifragile – Things That Gain from Disorder”,      Random House, New York, (c)2012, 519pp. “Antifragile” has been on the shelves for a year now, I read it when it first came out, yet I felt constrained from writing … Continue reading

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Venice – The Matrix Churches

How many church foundings were contained in visions received by Magnus, Bishop of Oderzo and Eraclea?  Many historians and commentators state “eight”; others “twelve”, or maybe “ten”.  What were their names and locations? There is no certain listing beyond eight churches, complete visions … Continue reading

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Poggio alle Mura and Brunello

Castles, Stones and Glass Poggio alle Mura today means “Banfi” to most people.  Soaring majestically above 2,400 acres of vineyards in an estate encompassing 7,100 acres on an elevated benchland above the Fiume Orcia about one-half hour south of Montalcino (give or take a century … Continue reading

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The Scottsdale Fall Paint-Out 2013

The second annual “Paint-Out” featured 28 artists simultaneously painting and palavering with onlookers in the middle of Old Town Scottsdale’s Main Street for 90 minutes on the sunny and temperate morning of November 9, 2013. This was yet another perfect Sonoran Desert … Continue reading

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The Gates of Altinum

In the Venetian Lagoon, to the north of the great City of Venice, several extraordinary island communities draw visitors, commerce and historians today.  The best known among them – the active towns – are Murano, the “glass island”, and Burano, … Continue reading

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