Museums: Thyssen-Bornemisza – Madrid, Spain

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. April 2014.

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Cabeza de Hombre, Head of a Man, Pablo Picasso

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Hombre con Clarinete, Man with a Clarinette, Pablo Picasso

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Museums: Uffizi Gallery – Florence, Italy

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Uffizi Gallery. Florence, Italy. October, 2014.

I would love to spend a whole day at the Uffizi Gallery (and I’m hoping I get some time to do just that before I leave Florence), but for a school field trip we did get a concise sort of introductory tour of the place.

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Things are looking impressive already, and this is just the foyer next to the stairs. #fancy #MediciLiving

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Monumental: Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, Italy

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Florence, Italy. October 2014.

The Loggia dei Lanzi is the open area right outside Palazzo Vecchio where several sculptures are on display, and where you can always see people just hanging out. I came here as part of a sort of field trip for school, and there were so many interesting tidbits about it. Like for example, the two lions that flank the entrance are 1400 years apart in age. The top photo is the “newer” replica, while this lion below is the original, from the first century, making it nearly two thousand years old.

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Rape of the Sabine by Giambologna

Museums: Museo del Tessuto (Textile Museum) – Prato, Italy

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Prato, Florence, Italy. September 2014.

Prato is the textile center of Italy, and this museum, while small and almost modest from the outside, houses a lot of treasures for those who are into history and period fashion and whatnot. The photo above is a fancy man-purse such as the likes that might have been used by the wealthy Medicis. The circle pattern in the fabric is supposed to denote gold coins = wealth.

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There are just crazy gorgeous textiles everywhere, from different periods in Italy, especially from the Renaissance.

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Here, they reproduced exactly the fabrics featured in some notable paintings

Museums: Fotografiska Museet – Stockholm, Sweden

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Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. June 2013.

Was able to catch the special Helmut Newton exhibit at the Fotografiska museum in Stockholm last year–a feat since we almost never luck into any sort of good timing on these trips! I wasn’t too familiar with him and his work beforehand, but after going through the exhibit, I realized I knew the work before I knew the photographer.

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Karl Lagerfeld

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Salvador Dalí

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Andy Warhol

Museums: Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari – Modena, Italy

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Modena, Italy. August 2014.

Took a day trip to Modena to satiate my sister’s since-childhood Ferrari obsession. We only had enough time for one museum, so we were unable to venture out to the farther-away one with even more Ferraris in it. Luckily, this museum had a few red ones lined up, so it wasn’t a total bust.

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This giant yellow tent is the museum. It looks like a really fun slide.

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