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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Act 3, Scene 2

The narrative began with Act 1, scene 1 on April 10, 2013.
To access all scenes, scroll to blog archive at the bottom of the page.

Manet (passes coffee and sandwich to Fiorentino)
Here's a spot, Rosso. I wish this place had tables, but standing is a small sacrifice for such a wonderful breakfast. They elbow their way in among the other standing customers and place their coffees and sandwiches on the long narrow marble countertop, and for a moment quietly enjoy breakfast.

This is a pleasure that is still novel to me, but I am completely intoxicated by this new beverage. I understand that Venice was the first place in Europe to import coffee and serve it in coffee bars like this.

Yes, apparently so. The Italians love their coffee "fast" – hence, espresso. And espresso is new to me as well ... absolutely delicious. Let's walk to the grand canal when we finish here. Today I think I'll visit the Accademia, and perhaps the Guggenheim collection as well. I have seen enough of the Biennale for now. What are your plans?

Well, if you don't mind my company, I'll come with you to the Accademia at least. I find the building itself a rather peaceful place, and there are works there by Titian and Bellini, Tintoretto, Veronese and others that I'd like to see.

Wonderful. I think that you and I have a good deal in common and I shall be glad to have the chance to discuss painting with you – especially after seeing your magnificent Deposition in Volterra.