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I can’t quite decide on the word I would use to describe Palazzo Pitti–the Pitti Palace. Opulent would work. So would sumptuous. Decadent? Yep, that would be good too. All are appropriate descriptors. Palazzo Pitti is Florentine Renaissance wealth in a nutshell: money, power, and lots of art. Home base for the powerful Medici family, Palazzo Pitti is located in the Oltrarno section of Florence, just a short walk from the Ponte… Read More

Continuing an on art theme, the other big draw in Florence for art is, of course, the statue of David by Michelangelo. Housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia, the David statue captures all of the superlatives: is it simply AMAZING. After entering the museum you start making your way with the masses (yes, it will be crowded!) and then you round a corner and there it is–at the end of a long corridor is the statue… Read More

Art lovers naturally gravitate to the Uffizi Gallery. For everyone else, a visit to Florence should not be considered complete without at least a look-through at the Uffizi. It’s simply the essence of Renaissance Florence. The art tells a story, but so too does the building itself. Located near Piazza della Signoria and right next to Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) is housed in the old Medici family offices (uffizi). Portions… Read More

Back in Indiana over the holidays visiting my mom. I grew up in the Fort Wayne area, but had never been to the local art museum. I decided to rectify that and visit the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Located downtown, the FWMoA features several nice galleries. When I visited, they were showcasing two exhibitions that I really found interesting. The first was by Oakland-based artist Brett Amory entitled “Fort Wayne, American… Read More

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire features a great collection of European and American art–including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and a Mark di Suvero sculpture out front. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area!