Tag Archives: Italy

Souvenirs of The Grand Tour: The Collection of Thomas S. Holman

Guest post by Thomas S. Holman. Souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman will be offered in the European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on April 5, 2014 in Boston.

In the 18th and early 19th century, wealthy young Englishmen embarked to the Continent on lengthy travels, known as the Grand Tour. The voyage could last months or even years, and was ostensibly meant to round out one’s education, which still emphasized a strong knowledge of Classical arts and architecture, languages, history, literature, and philosophy.… Read More

A Well-loved Gagliano Violin Brings $168,000 at Auction

As a violin-maker, I automatically think of the Gagliano family whenever I think of Naples, Italy. Beginning as far back as 1640 with Alessandro Gagliano and ending with Vincenzo Gagliano in the early 1900s, the family produced a remarkable number of fine violins, violas, and cellos. The most prominent personalities of the family, Alessandro, Nicolaus, and Gennaro, emerge in the more important works that bear the Gagliano label.

Rekindling a Love for Venetian Painting and Sculpture

I am a specialist in photography, but a recent trip to Venice, Italy, took me back to my art historical roots. In fact, my interest in the field started in high school when one of my teachers introduced me to the early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. While in Venice, I visited the Biennale, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia—all wonderful—but it was a chance encounter with the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari that reminded me why I chose a career in the art world at such a young age.… Read More