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Today is the last day of Tuscany 2011. In order to distract ourselves from this sad fact, a group of us decided to go to the Accademia which holds an astonishing collection of Venetian painting from the 14th – 16th centuries.

Much is made of the characteristics of Venetian painting, often in contrast to Florentine painting of the same time. Both cities enjoyed relatively stable governments, strong economies based on trade, and the patronage of both secular and religious groups and individuals. Venetian painting, as exemplified by Giorgione, the Bellini, Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiepolo and Titian, does reveal a close examination of color and light. Landscape also plays an important role (possibly due to the lack of it in Venice’s unusual topography).

We agreed to meet back at the Foresteria at 6:30 to have a final show of the work that has been accomplished since arriving in Venice. Scenes of the city as well as works created from inspirations at the Biennale covered the tables.

Off to our final group meal. Gino was the proud host. He spent all day making desserts and homemade pasta, just for us.

Departures will begin as early as 3:30 in the morning, so we tried to get back early enough so people could grab a couple of hours sleep.

Curt and Cynthia couldn’t be more proud of this group of students. Everywhere we went, people commented on their politeness, eagerness to learn, and pleasant attitudes. We look forward to a reunion back in the States!

Ciao, Italia.