Did anyone else get the joy and privilege of lugging Gardner's Art Through the Ages across their college campus? It honestly weighed nearly 10 pounds—and is still on my bookshelf, six moves and well over 10 years later.
Starting with the most expensive book I've ever bought, five semesters of art history courses covered a lot of ground. To say I've seen a lot of famous art (but not really seen it) would be accurate. I love finding some of my favorites on display around the United States in museum collections and touring exhibits, but a lot of famous historical art is found mostly in Europe.
Getting the chance to go back to Europe for a second time later this year, I'm in full-on planning mode to see a lot of great art in person. So far on the list...
Victoria & Albert Museum
British Library & Museum
Musée de l'Orangerie
Vienna State Opera
Haus der Musik
Mozarthaus Vienna Museum
And while I had the chance to visit for the first time last spring, here's my top ten favorite art museums to visit in Italy:
St. Mark's Basilica
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
Museo Nazionale Romano
Some listed aren't specifically art museums, but are covered in the work of the greats and top my favorites.
Any fellow lover-of-the-arts tips or must-dos on a tight timeline? I'd love to hear your recommendations!
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