Feed of the week

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In our fantasy lives, March is the month we move to the middle nowhere in America and into one of these mansions. I can tell you they costs a lot less than most London houses. Maybe it’s masochism to look are the wonderful @circahouses and @cheapoldhouses or maybe it’s all those Escape To The Chateau episodes getting to me.

Palazzo Massimo

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A three minute walk from the main Rome train station is part of the national museum’s collection, the Palazzo Massimo.

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If you’d said to me before would I want to spend a morning looking at Roman art, I’d probably have said no (too many memories of the British Museum’s overcrowded and ill-displayed galleries), but as with so many things, a look at Simon Martin’s Instagram page put me onto it.

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And I’m so glad we went – it was a whistle stop tour of the best part of a thousand years of power and art, and by the end the medieval age had definitely begun.

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All pics December 2018. From the archives this time last year: the Rodin museum.

Elizabeth, jewelled

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Close ups of this beautiful 1560s portrait of Elizabeth I.

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The overall face is idealised, but what’s interesting is that these close ups look pretty realistic when compared with portraits of Elizabeth’s grandfather Henry VII.

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Active girls

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Publicity shots for a 2020 exhibition of women’s activewear at FIDM – nice that they are planning to show the garments in motion. I feel that Gertrude Bell and Harriet would approve! Meanwhile in London, Anni Albers and her weavings are still on show and a massive Dior exhibition will be opening soon.