Many artists dream about painting in Italy. Now, as retiring baby-boomers are increasingly taking up “brush and pallet knife,” more than ever, painting in Italy is the “thing.” Every day, a new “Artist’s” tour of Italy crops up in travel sections of the newspaper and on the Internet. But there still remains a majority of artists who prefer to “go it alone.” They are independent in their artistic styles, and prefer to be independent regarding their travels in Italy . This blog intends to target these free spirited artists who still need guidance to the best places to paint, especially those idyllic gems that are little known and less traveled. Certainly, independent travelers who are not artists will also benefit from this blog.

With a few exceptions, this blog is not a guide to restaurants, lodging, rental cars, or shopping, (except for art supplies.)

Sprinkled among the posts are: my paintings, and a few Italian proverbs and poems written by notable Italian authors for whom I work as a translator.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009


Not long ago, an artist friend who was preparing to leave for Venice asked for my recommendation on a gallery to visit beyond the “heavy hitters," i.e. The Accademia, Museo Civico, Museo Archeologico, Museo Storico, et al. My recommendation was the Palazzo Valmarana on Calle Nuova Sant’Agnese. Although the Conte Cini collection is small, it’s a precious compilation of masterpieces that includes works by Botticelli, Piero di Cosimo, and Filippo Lippi.
My least favorite: Palazzo Venier dei Lioni, better know as the Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art. Although I enjoy the works by Picasso, Kandinsky, and Dalì, I believe Pollock’s mish-mash of non-objective splattering to be an insult to even the most rudimentary artist. I wonder if he hadn’t succeeded to satisfy Peggy Guggenheim in the bedroom, if anyone would even recognize his name, let alone pay to view his chaotic rubbish.
Buon Viaggio.


1 comment:

  1. Pam you're new blog looks beautiful! You have a wonderful writing style and lovely paintings, full of softness and light.

    YOur advice to never begin a painitng with the idea that you will toss it if it's noit working is excellent, always make it work!

    Italian is such an expresive language you are truly fortunate to be able to speak and write it.

    Thanks so much for sharing your unique story!


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