This is a rushed drawing of the hallway as I spent all my time snooping through my friend’s office, under the guise of spring cleaning (with her full permission and her being there, of course). Lots of things to look at and say “what’s this for”? I love a good cleaning out, especially when it’s someone else’s house….I know what is in mine.
So here is an v.early morning street scene sketch of Milan, while I was waiting for my cousin and her friend to travel up from their university accommodation on the tram. We all went to Torino by train today. It was absolutely beautiful sunny weather but unfortunately all the museums were closed. Not to matter, we walked around the city admiring the architecture and trying the chocolate shops. Now I am v.tired and rather burnt! Back to London tomorrow….
I had a little waiting time in the hotel lobby this morning, until my cousin arrived for our day out and about in Milan. We went to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus at the Biblioteca Pinacoteca Accademia Ambrosiana, now my most favourite place in Milan. Partly for the superb mosaic stairway in Sala 12 (dell’Esedra) but mostly because we both adored the library which housed the Codex exhibition. If I could take that home I would. After a late lunch, my cousin took me for gelato at Cioccolat by the Duomo, which we then had to walk off….a delicious but naughty treat! Not sure where dinner is yet, but I am sure it will involve more waiting in the lobby before I’m collected.
You know you’re getting on in years when after three cocktails you think “that’s it, time for bed”. I had a very full day, a morning sketching at the Pinacoteca di Brera followed by lunch at Al Cantinone and then a whistle stop afternoon tour of Milan – Teatro alla Scala, the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emmuelle II, Castello Szofesco and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Then I went out for “apperitivo” with my young cousin. Three drinks later and I am definitely ready for bed, whilst she is just primed for going out. Ahh, the joys of youth. I’ll leave you with a detail from Girolamo Genga’s fascinating ” The Disputation over the Immaculate Conception”. Who doesn’t love cherubin reading music?
So have packed (my surprisingly light) bags and landed in Milan in the late afternoon. Too tired and too late to do anything more than a stroll in the very pleasant evening light taking photographs of all the public art I see, be it sculptural, architectural or monumental like our equine friend here in the Piazza Missori.
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