What would Robert Browning and Cole Porter and John Singer Sargent have in common, especially in the city of Venice?
There is a palace (palazzo) along the Grand Canal that I only captured in a vaporetto-drive-by- shooting. The vaporetti are water taxis that take you about at a reasonable price and quickly. So we took advantage of them as often as possible just to soak in the atmosphere.
But back to my talented writers/artists.
Ca' Rezzonico was built in the mid-1700's and passed from one owner to another until the early 1800's when a certain Count Zelinsky bought the palazzo, breaking it up into apartments and renting it out to aristocratic tenants.
Robert Barrett Browning, the artist, lived at Ca' Rezzonico in the 1880's and his father Robert Browning, the writer, came to live with him, later dying there in 1889.
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp.
Or what's a heaven for?"
- Robert Browning
John Singer Sargent, the American portraitist, had his studio in the palazzo at this same time.
("The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit" by J.S.S.)
The following clip is from the movie "De-Lovely" about the life and love of Cole Porter. It is a complicated but moving and loving tale. The song starts slowly but stay with it and you will be rewarded.
(file photo from Wikipedia)
and think of the talented people who have lived in just this one tiny spot on our beautiful planet and have contributed such beauty to our lives.