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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fortuny Museum, Venice in November





A Venetian jewel is the Fortuny Museum.  Like Morris, Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) was an accomplished designer in many mediums--textiles, interior decor, photography, stage-design, fashion, and lighting to name a few.  The museum, set in the Gothic palazzo that served as Fortuny's atelier, feels little changed from then.  Like Morris and wallpaper, Fortuny is best known today for his beautiful (and extremely expensive) silk lamps. I wonder if they ever met?
The view from my room at the hotel Domus Ciliota, a renovated Augustin Monastery near the Museum (yes, the canal actually did a ninety degree turn right outside my window.).