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Isabella Stewart Garden Museum. The Seated Scribe was completely indifferent to his audience. Sitting cross-legged and hunch-backed over his tablet, he displayed his plump face in profile, fully concentrating on what he was going to write. It was that meteoric moment between thought and execution, and #Bellini had captured it exquisitely and was fully able to convince us.

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Towering over is the flagship of the Cap Ferrat peninsula, the pink villa of Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, which I never fail to visit when I visit the French Riviera. The baroness - patron of the #art, as well as a refined collector,a true worshiper of the eighteenth century, she received her guests dressed as Marie Antoinette.

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The next step was to go to the British #Museum, to visit room 95, hosting Chinese #Art where the Sir Percival David collection - the most important Chinese #porcelain collection outside of China. But I didn’t stop there. My path required me to attain the feeling of the priceless objects, to actually touch them, and that’s precisely what I did. I went to Sotheby’s.

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He was loosely holding his dog’s leash in his gloved hand. Ah yes, the Venetian love of #elegance is so deeply embedded and, up until quite lately, the masculine part of the population was even in the habit of airing themselves with fans in the summer.

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The Calling of St Matthew (detail) by Caravaggio in the Contarini Chapel, church of San Luigi dei Francesi. Caravaggio was not trying to teach anyone. He painted what he saw in his superb, naturalistic way, and the freedom he expressed which went completely away from the norm of ideal beauty as expressed by Raphael, appealed to the educated élite of collectors and, in this way, the card-sharks and gypsies entered Roman collections and were hung next to paintings depicting historic heroes.

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Hagia Sophia absorbs me even without seeing its #mosaics, now lost. It is the power of my imagination… I imagine the enormity of its roundness covered with thousands of tiny gilded pieces of glass that shine under the reflection of thousands of flames of the candles, and I see the entrance of the Emperor followed by his Court.

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Palazzo AItieri, #Rome. It was one of the most beautiful I had ever seen. The room was called a cabinetto. Α small living room, in which the prince had read, written his correspondence. The floor was inlaid with a #mosaic which had been discovered in an ancient villa by the sea.

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The treasures of #Florence. The Medici Collection in Palazzo Pitti.

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The Florentines born in the most important city of #Art in Europe, don’t stand apart only for their style, but for everything they do. Some think they are arrogant because they want to be the best at everything. The Florentines don’t deny any of this as they claim to belong to a race of first-born children who don’t want to lose the benefits of their legacy.

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Even #paintings travel and the path of their journey is interesting, especially if they arrive where they are now without any damage. Some have survived wars, disasters, lootings, jealousies and the indifference of the people that have inherited them, not having understood their value. One rainy morning I was at the National Gallery in London, admiring the Arnolfini Portrait which had been included in the Guardian among “Twenty Works of Art to See before you die".

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