Our traveling Arbiter has returned, exhausted but triumphant, from his intrepid voyage to Rome and Florence. He’ll have much to report in the days to come, but suffice it to say that the trip was a success on every front as well as a veritable extravaganza of style. Monuments were visited, art galleries browsed, wine drunk in large amounts (along with real, i.e. non-American, Fanta, truly the Uffizi of sodas), and a lot of stylish dead people paid respects to, including Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Keats, and Andrea del Sarto. Upon returning to America, our traveler learned the sad news that Robert Rauschenberg had died as well. R.I.P. to you, sir.
But rejoice! Our Arbiter’s return also means the return of regular posts on this website, so check back in the coming days for some post-vacation notes and musings on the art, architecture, and artifacts of Italy’s twin capitals of style. Don’t worry, we won’t bore you with the vacation photos. Tomorrow: thoughts on the Galleria dell’Accademia, but not the David.