A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

Niccolò dell’Arca is the perfect example of the joys of trying to nail down even the most basic of details of early Renaissance artists. As in, no joy, because no one can decide on anything, from where he’s from to where he worked to when he completed certain works. Is he from Apuglia or Bari? Did he spend time in Dalmatia or were some of … Continue reading A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

Bologna canal things to see in Bologna weekly photo challenge

Bologna’s Window to the Canal

I know I’ve written about Bologna’s canals before, although maybe not as much as I thought I had. But we do have them, even if not in the same quantity as in the Netherlands. Or at least not visible. There are still plenty of them beneath the city; they used to be much more visible but have been built over through the years. While some … Continue reading Bologna’s Window to the Canal

The Gilded Portico

Via Farini and the neighboring streets and palazzi are where you head when you want to do some seriously high-end shopping in Bologna. Even if you can’t afford to do more than sniff some of the perfumes or carefully caress some of the clothing, you can always window shop. Best of all, you can feel a bit like royalty without even going inside the stores. … Continue reading The Gilded Portico

Odds & Ends at Santa Maria Novella

First off, for those who are religious, forgive me for being a bit irreverent. None of this is meant as mocking, just my silly sense of humor. They’re all odds and ends that I found interesting during my visit to Santa Maria Novella in Florence, but they don’t really fit in any one blog post. I do have other posts I’d love to write, but … Continue reading Odds & Ends at Santa Maria Novella