The Galleria dell’Accademia & The Statue of David

Today, in 1584, Michelangelo‘s Statue of David was unveiled in Florence. Florence 2004, the Budd family travelled to Italy. The timing was serendipitous. The Statue of David restoration had just … Continue reading The Galleria dell’Accademia & The Statue of David

Winter in Russia with Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov

Константин Иванович Горбатов, Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov  May 17, 1876 – May 24, 1945 was a Russian post-impressionist painter.  He was born in Stavropol in the Samara province, but he moved … Continue reading Winter in Russia with Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Venice Connection

“-last words about painting, age 78… I think I’m beginning to learn something about it.”  Pierre-Auguste Renoir   Today is Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s birthday, which makes it the 178th year since … Continue reading Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Venice Connection