the farmhouse we stayed at in spoleto was the former home of american artist sol lewitt, one of the founders of minimalist & conceptual art. of course i didn't know this when i booked it. you can read more about him HERE and HERE. he died some years back but his wife still owns the property and luckily for us, rents it as a vacation rental. the history of the house isn't mentioned anywhere in the description. the book and art collection plus the beautiful bones of this house made it one of our very favorites ever. all of the various cubes and the star in the photos above are by sol lewitt.
if you came with me to venice via TTV then you might know about my encounter with another artist's studio space. much to my surprise i discovered that i was actually staying at a former studio in venice. i made this discovery on christmas eve when i found an unlocked closet filled with letters, correspondence, blueprints, sales receipts, and wrapped paintings belonging to virgilio lilli, a venetian artist and writer. originally i made a video about my discovery for the class blog, but later removed it, deciding it was prudent to contact the owners of the apartment (which i've done) before i started yacking about the unlocked closet filled with treasure. so there you have it TTV members – the "christmas surprise" mystery revealed!
dumb luck. i'm surrounded by it. and i'm not complaining one single bit!