billionaire collector Francois Pinault
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I've been back a week, from Venice, and have been busily feeding the fruits of the trip into The Churches of Venice. Photos, facts, upgraded observations, previously unvisited churches revealed...and I've started giving the more fascinating churches a page to themselves, which allows me to expand the coverage and photos of the art.
Just hours before I'd read the version of the famous Florentine Madonna-defacing episode in the The Painter of Souls I'd been asked if I could supply some photos for this article. Which was a spooky enough coincidence. But then it turned out that the article in question is by the author of the novel!
A new novel telling the story of the life of Filippo Lippi, called The Painter of Souls, by an author whose previous - also Florence-set - novel I liked a lot, Philip Kazan, and it's been out since the 16th of July! I'm slacking, but do expect a review before too long. I don't anticipate it will surpass Linda Proud's A Gift for the Magus - that one was that special.
A film which has more than a hint of the fantastical and stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly and Shirley Henderson has got to be worthy of our attention. Add to that Tuscan and Apulian settings, including some Florence scenes and I'm definitely interested. It's called Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti), it premiered at Cannes and is the first English-language film by Matteo Garrone, who wrote and directed Gomorrah. It's not out in the UK until next March but there are some downloads knocking around already. It looks weird, but early reviews suggest it's not wonderful.
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