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flora | by danja.
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to quote me Dad:

"The most interesting thing about your bedroom was the painting you saw as you came out through the sliding door.

Directly opposite was a large oil painting in a heavy gilt frame. It was an exceptionally well painted portrait of a young maiden on a canvas (100cmx70cm). I bought it off old Ben Lomas who told me some fairytale about acquiring it from a stately home. One day I was looking at pictures in a book of the old masters at the Uffizi and, lo and behold, there she was - 'Flora' by Titian. I was so annoyed at my ignorance, and at buying a copy, that I sold it soon afterwards - only to find out later that it was common practice, in early Victorian days, for artists to study and copy old masters' paintings - and good copies have very high price tags.

We met her again, at the Uffizi, on our last trip to Italy"

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Taken on October 10, 2008