(April 21-22, 2014)
Tuesday, J was feeling better, so we went out to see some museums. Although we aren’t big fans of ‘modern’ art, the Ca’Pesaro has perfect little gem of a collection. There are some very big names here: Rothko, Warhol, Kandinsky, Calder, Moro, and usually Klimpt. (The latter’s works were all on loan to Milan, dammit.) The collection is divided amongst several rooms, each with a well-edited explanation card that gave each piece good context in both history and within the collection. Turns out that we still aren’t fans of most modern art. But that’s us, I think we’ve seem some of the best now, and we can at least state out opinion with some context to support it.
(it’s the best way to explore Venice)
(April 20 and 21, 2014)
Our time in Venice was lovely, and very different from other cities. For one thing, J came down with a cold, which meant that we wanted to throttle back on our activities a bit to let him rest up. For another, Venice is not the art/museum intensity that our other places were. This is a city for walking around, finding hidden corners, and for smooching in secret places. :-)
And that’s what we did.
(April 19, 2014)
Not much to say about today — we had breakfast then drove to Florence, then took the train to Venice. Not much else happened.
A conversation we’ve been having a lot during this trip has revolved around our being amateur art historians. It goes like this: we’ve seen a lot of art of the last few trips, much of it live and in person as it were. At the same time, we’ve had a lot of tour guides give us really good context for what we’re seeing and why its important. So now we recognize artists and we can make linkages between them by time period and other reference points. So, definitely amateur, but maybe its something we can explore and develop.