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Santayana’s Sense of Beauty

My studio is near Rome’s Verano Monumental Cemetery. The “monumental” refers to the numerous monuments honouring the deceased within the cemetery’s walls. Verano is often referred to as “un museo all’aperto”—an open air museum full of sculptures. But it’s also … Continue reading

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George Santayana (1863-1952)

Josefina Borràs was Spanish but spent part of her youth in the Philippines.  Here she met and married the Bostonian George Sturgis. After her husband’s death, Josefina went to live in the U.S. with her children but, after awhile,  decided … Continue reading

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Futurists without a future

At the beginning of the 1900s, the United States  and much of Europe was being swept away by the Industrial Revolution.  But Italy, burdened with grandeurs of the past (Ancient Rome, Renaissance, Baroque) had difficulties updating itself.  So a group … Continue reading

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Roses & Freemasons

Between 1880 and 1910, an arts & crafts movement exploded in Europe. It was a reaction against the decline in standards resulting from factory produced as opposed to handmade objects. Quality as opposed to quantity was now the objective.  But … Continue reading

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The Unfolding of Mariano Fortuny

What is a pleat other than a fold.  And what is a fold other than the combination of order and flexibility. Pleats have been around for a long time. They were around in ancient Egypt and continued to be used … Continue reading

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