From "Silverware: An After Dinner Story" by Laurie Blair Pessemier Pen/paper 5.5 x 8.5 book 25.00
A Day in Rome Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/canvas panel 12 x 8" 30 x 20cm 175.00
From "Harika Rules" a book by Laurie and Blair Pessemier Blair Pessemier ink/paper 5.5 x 4" book 20.00
Drinking to the Center of the Universe Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/carton 14 x 10" 100.00
Rain rain and more rain. That’s been the situation here in sunny Italy. We’ve retreated from the hills up North, where one might soon say snow, snow and more snow, to the Rome area, where it is just rain. Before we left, we spent last Sunday with friends in Modena.
We’d never been to the Galerie Estense, the art museum of Modena, so we made a point of taking advantage of the “free Sunday”. The four of us visited the collection, with works from the 13th to 18th century, beautifully curated. I am a great fan of the medieval to early Renaissance period, which is well represented. After the artwork, we visited the less sophisticated, but equally interesting Civic Museum, in the same complex. We saw fabrics, which Modena was famous for, and dresses by famous Modena designers. There were tools, and car bits and all sorts of this-n-thats.
This Sunday we went to a completely different museum, the Ara Pacis (of Augustus) in Rome. The Ara Pacis was an altar build to the goddess of Peace by Augustus in 9 BCE. It is more than an altar (which is inside); it i a structure without a roof, that one would walk into and ponder, or make a sacrifice, or whatever one would do back then. It was commissioned in 13 BC and finished in January four years later. It is a remarkable example of flora and fauna carving of that period. Parts are original; much is reconstructed. The building was built too close to the Tiber, and was silted over in floods throughout the centuries. Eventually it was found again in 1536 (based on drawings of a frieze at that time), but not officially unearthed until 1936. Recently Richard Meier designed a wonderful building to enclose it, and provide additional exhibition space.
In this exhibition space today we saw a show: Aquileia 2200, commemorating this Roman city, founded 2200 years ago. Aquileia was periodically the center of the Universe from the Middle Ages, clear up until the 18th century. There were objects from the 2nd century until much later. I was unaware of this bit of history, and Blair and I are thinking of going to see it (well, its remains) in person in the Friulia Venezia Giulia region.
Museums are the perfect solution for a rainy day, along with books. As you might know, Blair and I have written and published 24 “children’s” books over the years. I have resurrected three recent ones for sale this Christmas. They make up some of the pictures in today’s artnotes.