A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to escape to Paris for a long weekend (though it’s not so much of an escape at the moment, as life in the UK City of Culture is pretty exciting!) and was lucky enough to spend a few hours at possibly my favourite art gallery, Musée d’Orsay.…
Sudbury Hall will always be one of my favourite country houses to visit as it is so close to home (it is another lovely Derbyshire country house), so I have very vivid memories of visiting (including a school trip when I was five in which I fell in love with this 1920 portrait of Violet,…
Where can you find a British country house, Italian chapel, Spanish monastery, French chateau, sculpture courtyard and Egyptian temple, besides thousands of art treasures, in the middle of New York City? The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue, backing onto Central Park.
Osborne House, situated on the Isle of Wight, was the family retreat from the city for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Few places come close to the romance of Paris, and Monet's beautiful Nymphéas, or Water Lilies, in the Musée de l’Orangerie are a must visit to see the his genius.
The Museo del Prado has some beautiful Renaissance paintings, but for me, the jewel in their crown are the beautiful paintings by Titian for his Poesie series for Philip II of Spain.
The best place to go for Bernini in Rome is the Piazza Navona, where you'll find his beautiful Fountain of the Four Rivers, a sculpture of travertine and marble commissioned by Pope Innocent X.
Bernini is often associated with the magnificence of Baroque Rome - and so he should be. Pope Urban VIII is said to have told him "You are made for Rome and Rome is made for you".
Just like I wrote practically a mini love letter to Paris, I could also write one to Rome. These European cities are so beautiful, and it is helped completely by the way they are enshrined in literature, film and other forms of popular culture.
Rome wasn't built in a day, so the saying goes. The classical sits beside the modern, the Renaissance holds hands with the ancients; and who better to explore from the Renaissance than Michelangelo.