Recently I had the pleasure to visit the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) for the first time and view A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s. A visit to a museum offers revelations into the past that could only be learned by time traveling or historical research, but through art and artifacts, a museum visit offers visual satisfaction and tangible evidence. The lure of a tactile experience is just beyond reach! For tactile, visit the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, also part of the NOMA collection.
Located a few blocks from my Mid-City accommodation, NOMA is located in the 1300-acre City Park and is an impressive neo-classical building situated a short walk from Morning Call, a great place for beignets and café au lait in the morning. My visit was on a Monday, and the crowds were manageable. Admission is very moderate, just $12 for adults. I was delighted to received purple beads with a NOMA badge to wear during my visit.
I spent time reading the information, staring up close and then backing away for the full experience, and took only a few pictures. My iPhone was sadly broken so I did my best! A surprising thing that I did not know was that Venice was composed of 118 small islands. I had previously thought it was flooded low land! However, due to my art history classes, at least I was aware of the lifestyle and grandeur of this period.
Would I want to live there, then, or here and now? That’s a hard choice! A bit unrealistic unfortunately, but a very romantic notion.
Learn more at https://noma.org/exhibitions/life-seduction-venice-1700s.