Wednesday, September 20, 2017

be still, my foolish art

The Palazzo Morando is an historic palace on a 
fashionable side street in Milan.

Built in the 1500’s, it was home to a series of wealthy and influential Milanese families over the centuries.

When the owner, a countess with no heirs died in 1945, she donated the building and its contents to the city.

As timing would have it, 
World War 2 had recently destroyed The Milan Museum.

And since the Palazzo was already filled with spectacular artifacts, fresco paintings and precious antiquities, the city made it into a new museum.

Later, the palace specialized its mission to fashion history, 
and it was the Manolo Blahnik shoe show that brought me in.

The opulence and excellence of craft in both the building and the footwear was simply jaw dropping.

Room after room of extraordinary artworks and antiques are more than enough to justify a visit.

But the Manolo exhibit itself was equally remarkable.

It led the viewer through his artistic process, from watercolor concepts and paper patterns...

....then to hand cut leather and fabric to hand assembly.

Every shoe is its own work of art.

The juxtaposition of contemporary art within this exceptional building was a real treat.

I was just overjoyed.


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