Category Archives: Discovery

Robert Burt, Artist of Mystery, Adventure and Joy

The subjects of Robert Burt’s paintings are almost entirely found through his experiences in the Desert Southwest of the United States and northern Mexico.  Although I had become aware of his art over the course of the past several years through gallery event … Continue reading

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Venice Pavilion at the Biennale 2014 – Sonnets in Babylon by Daniel Libeskind

Venice has its own permanent pavilion at the Biennale, adjacent to those of many nations.  This is not only appropriate because the Biennale is in Venice, but because Venice was an independent nation-state for over 1000 years – until Napoleon … Continue reading

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Venice – Urban Palimpsest and Tomb of Memories

“Palimpsest” (“palinsesto” in Italian) has its origins in the Greek word for “scraped again”. The original reference may have been to layered manuscripts, where older text was no longer more valued by the holder than the underlaying and very rare … 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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Venice Churches – The First 250 Years

The number, location and names of parish churches in Venice has varied over the millennia, along with reassignment of some former parishes as subsidiary locations and some monastery closings leaving a parish church in later times. Churches were also established in other island communities around … Continue reading

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Castello di Vertine in Chianti – Tuscany

Chianti, the legendary domain in the heart of Tuscany between Firenze and Siena, spanning provincial borders and several millennia.  The heart of Chianti enfolds many extraordinary, peaceful towns, country monasteries, castles, villas and vineyards, and the ruins of a thousand years of war.  … Continue reading

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Castello di Gargonza – Tuscany

Castello di Gargonza rests steadfastly at the end of a small “white road”, Strada Communale di Gargonza, a narrow branch off of the serpentine Strada Statale Senese Aretina (S73) in the woods of the southern Chianti Mountains in Tuscany.  Not far west of stunning Monte San Sevino towering … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo della Misericordia and the Scuola Nuova

Prosperity and Public Welfare The Scuola della Misericordia was founded on Isola Valverde next to the ancient Abbazia Santa Maria della Valverde, as was shared in a previous post, “Venice – Campo dell’ Abbazia” (follow the link to read it: http://wp.me/pVUDj-1vw ). The scuola … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo dell’ Abbazia and the Isola Valverde

An Island Lost in Time The island of Valverde in north-central Sestiere Cannaregio, Venice, was apparently a relatively stable velme and barene combination (higher mudbanks with arable soil) one of the earliest habitable islands in the archipelago, known for its copse of … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo Sant’ Agnese and the Purloined Rio

The island of Sant’ Agnese, in Venice’s Sestiere Dorsoduro, is unidentifiable as such today.  On its north end, the island was extended across the pond now remembered by a street, Piscina Fornier (“piscina” denotes “pond”), and land further developed to edge a corseted Grand Canal.  To … Continue reading

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