The Yale Center for British Art, or, Plentiful Portraits and a Curious Cabinet

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The Yale Center for British Art recently reopened this spring, after a 16-month closure that topped off years of conserving, renovating, and updating its facility. In late May, I took a gander to the Center, the largest collection of British art outside the U.K., after seeing images of the newly revitalized sun-lit galleries (and a free admission tag).

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“Prometheus Eternal”

I have not yet made well on my 2016 goal to write more blog posts, so in the spirit of trying to get back into the swing again, I bring you an atypical post in the form of a brief review of a comic book published in collaboration with a museum. Continue reading

“Adamo” by Stoldo Lorenzi

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“Adamo” (“Adam”)
Stoldo Lorenzi (1534-1583)

Sala/Room VII (Sala del Gonfalone)
Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy

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“Tre Monaci” and “Quattri Busti”

Tre Monaci, Quattri Busti

“Tre Monaci” (“Three Monks”) and “Quattri Busti di Santi dentro mandorle” (“Four busts of saints in mandorlas”)

Sala/Room VI (Sala della Cancelleria)
Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy

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Castello Sforzesco, or the first of favorite places in foreign spaces

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One of the Castello's outer walls

I find traveling to new places to be one of the best types of adventure. Whether it is simply a venture into a neighboring county or traipsing across countries by rail, “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”1

A museum visit while traveling is, for me, the perfect manifestation of this thought. It is at museums that we canCastello courtyard be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking, in both the expressions of culture on display and the ways culture is signified.2  Castello Sforzesco accomplished this exquisitely and was as a wonderful introduction to Italian culture, art and museums.

The castle-museum was one of the first amazing sights I stumbled across while studying in Milan, Italy, in 2013. It is located at one end of Parco Sempione, the green refuge in the historic center of Milan, close to where I lived during my studies. This park is also home to the beautiful Arco della Pace (a 19th-century victory-style arch, built under Napoleonic rule), Palazzo dell’Arte (housing La Triennale design museum), Arena Civica (a neoclassical amphitheatre) and a number of stray cats.

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