Aug 292012

Venice Venice Venice



Welcome from the Virgin Mary by the train station in Venice.  It started to rain buckets as we jumped on a water bus.

The rain storm stopped on our arrival near the Palazzo Venier del Leoni, former home of Peggy Guggenheim.  It now houses her exceptional collection.  The rooms are packed with eye popping paintings and sculptures.  I loved the intimacy of this museum.  It’s a perfect fit for the scale of work presented.

Natural History:  Form Within Rock – 1946

I was introduced to the subtle work of Charles Seliger.  An original and youngest member associated with the New York School of abstract expressionists, his beautiful paintings are small in scale and inspired by the natural world.

Celestial – 1956

His use of materials gives a gentle and reverential quality to the work.  This one is done in pencil, tempera, oil and wax.

Jean Metzinger – At the Cycle-Race Track

Another exhibit with the intriguing title, Cubo-Futurism and the Fourth Dimension, was perfectly timed for the Tour de France and cycling enthusiasts.

From Yoko to Peggy

The sculpture garden had many diverse pieces, including Yoko Ono’s Wishing Tree. 

Marino Marini’s Historicus is the doorman extraordinaire.

The sun’s coming out as we leave the museum on our way to the Punta Della Dogana.

She had a great sun glasses collection as well.

Thank you,  Peggy.





Aug 162012

Verona and Bridges and Capa and Juliet





It was a thrill to enter the beautiful city of Verona over the Adige River.  This view is from the Castelvecchio Bridge toward the Ponte Pietra Bridge, originally built by the Romans in 100 BC.







On the wonderful Castelvecchio Bridge.  This fortified bridge was built around 1354-56, and totally destroyed by the retreating German army on April 14, 1945. Painstakingly rebuilt from 1949-51, along with the Ponte Pietra.

Robert Capa:  Photojournalist 

The renowned photographer, perhaps one of greatest of the 20th century.   Born in 1913 in Budapest, he was exiled from Hungary and then fled Germany to escape Antisemitism.

His powerful work is presented to great effect within the subterranean archaeological site, Scavi Scaligeri, in Verona.  Stretching through several large underground spaces that resonate with history, these images also stand the test of time.  Many of his photographs are very familiar to me.  I saw them first in Life magazine:  My early introduction to excellent photography, in black and white, of course.

Capa was a sensitive and empathetic photographer in spite of witnessing and documenting the horrors of war.

There are many touching portraits of children in this exhibit that covers his career.

Picasso, Francois Gilot and Javier Vilaro, Picasso’s nephew.

Known primarily as a war photographer, Capa also photographed artists and writers, many of them his friends.  He also mentored young photographers through Magnum, the photography agency he founded in 1950.  Robert Capa died in 1954 when he stepped on a landmine while on assignment for Life magazine in Indochina.  He was 40 years old.

Magnum Photography: 

The beauty and intimacy of the many pedestrian only side streets of honey coloured Verona.  This one is near the entrance to the Scavi Scaligeri.

And, we end with a visit to Juliet, standing below her balcony, her bronzed breasts gleaming.