Botticelli Blue Skies

And it will all be new and interesting." Botticelli Blue Skies is the tale of a woman who readily admits to fear of travel, a fear that many experience but are embarrassed to admit.

Author: Merrill Joan Gerber

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299180204

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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When writer Merrill Joan Gerber is invited to join her husband, a history professor, as he takes a class of American college students to study in Florence, Italy, she feels terrified at the idea of leaving her comforts, her friends, and her aged mother in California. Her husband tries to assure her that her fear of Italy--and her lack of knowledge of the Italian language--will be offset by the discoveries of travel. "I can't tell you exactly what will happen, but something will. And it will all be new and interesting." Botticelli Blue Skies is the tale of a woman who readily admits to fear of travel, a fear that many experience but are embarrassed to admit. When finally she plunges into the new adventure, she describes her experiences in Florence with wit, humor, and energy. Instead of sticking to the conventional tourist path, Gerber follows her instincts. She makes discoveries without tour guides droning in her ear and reclaims the travel experience as her own, taking time to shop in a thrift shop, eat in a Chinese restaurant that serves "Dragon chips," make friends with her landlady who turns out to be a Countess, and visit the class of a professor at the university. She discovers a Florence that is not all museums and wine. With newfound patience and growing confidence, Gerber makes her way around Florence, Venice, and Rome. She visits famous places and discovers obscure ones--in the end embracing all that is Italian. Botticelli Blue Skies (accompanied by the author's own photographs) is an honest, lyrical, touching account of the sometimes exhausting, often threatening, but always enriching physical and emotional challenge that is travel.

Botticelli

She is slightly inclined towards the Child who is resting on her lap and looking to
the skies with an inspired look. ... In the very back, we see a sunny landscape, a
winding river, a castle on a hilltop, and the sapphire-blue sky, from which golden
 ...

Author: Emile Gebhart

Publisher: Parkstone International

ISBN: 9781780429953

Category: Art

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He was the son of a citizen in comfortable circumstances, and had been, in Vasari’s words, “instructed in all such things as children are usually taught before they choose a calling.” However, he refused to give his attention to reading, writing and accounts, continues Vasari, so that his father, despairing of his ever becoming a scholar, apprenticed him to the goldsmith Botticello: whence came the name by which the world remembers him. However, Sandro, a stubborn-featured youth with large, quietly searching eyes and a shock of yellow hair – he has left a portrait of himself on the right-hand side of his picture of the Adoration of the Magi – would also become a painter, and to that end was placed with the Carmelite monk Fra Filippo Lippi. But he was a realist, as the artists of his day had become, satisfied with the joy and skill of painting, and with the study of the beauty and character of the human subject instead of religious themes. Botticelli made rapid progress, loved his master, and later on extended his love to his master’s son, Filippino Lippi, and taught him to paint, but the master’s realism scarcely touched Lippi, for Botticelli was a dreamer and a poet. Botticelli is a painter not of facts, but of ideas, and his pictures are not so much a representation of certain objects as a pattern of forms. Nor is his colouring rich and lifelike; it is subordinated to form, and often rather a tinting than actual colour. In fact, he was interested in the abstract possibilities of his art rather than in the concrete. For example, his compositions, as has just been said, are a pattern of forms; his figures do not actually occupy well-defined places in a well-defined area of space; they do not attract us by their suggestion of bulk, but as shapes of form, suggesting rather a flat pattern of decoration. Accordingly, the lines which enclose the figures are chosen with the primary intention of being decorative. It has been said that Botticelli, “though one of the worst anatomists, was one of the greatest draughtsmen of the Renaissance.” As an example of false anatomy we may notice the impossible way in which the Madonna’s head is attached to the neck, and other instances of faulty articulation and incorrect form of limbs may be found in Botticelli’s pictures. Yet he is recognised as one of the greatest draughtsmen: he gave to ‘line’ not only intrinsic beauty, but also significance. In mathematical language, he resolved the movement of the figure into its factors, its simplest forms of expression, and then combined these various forms into a pattern which, by its rhythmical and harmonious lines, produces an effect upon our imagination, corresponding to the sentiments of grave and tender poetry that filled the artist himself. This power of making every line count in both significance and beauty distinguishes the great master- draughtsmen from the vast majority of artists who used line mainly as a necessary means of representing concrete objects.

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

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Botticelli blue skies ; an American in Florence . 280p 2002 University of Wis .
Press 1. Biography , Individual 2. Florence ( Italy ) -Description and travel 3.
Gerber , Merrill Joan ISBN 0-299-18020-4 LC 2002-2833 SUMMARY : " Merrill
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The Botticelli Angel

Bye , Bye , Blackbird ' , ' Blue Skies ' , ' Alexander ' s Ragtime Band , ' and his
favourite , ' Bill Bailey , Won ' t You Please Come Home ' . I thought I had a pretty
fast ear for music but he was remarkable . And in no time at all he knew the words
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Something about the Author

Botticelli Blue Skies : An American in Florence “ presents an absolutely delightful
travel memoir , ” according to Margaret Flanagan in Booklist . The book describes
the semester Gerber and her professor husband lived for three months in ...

Author: Thomson Gale

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0787687944

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Covers individuals ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries cover: personal life, career, writings and works in progress, adaptations, additional sources, and photographs.

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The Writers Directory

... Gut Feelings : A Writer's Truths and Minute Inventions ( essays ) , 2002 ;
Botticelli Blue Skies : American in Florence ( memoir ) , 2002 . GERLACH , Larry
R ( euben ) . American , b . 1941. Genres : Area studies , History , Sports / Fitness
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The American Scholar

Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker , The Atlantic ,
Commentary , Salmagundi , Sewanee Review , and other magazines . The
author of seven novels , she lives in Sierra Madre , California . Botticelli Blue
Skies : An ...

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A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers 2003 2004

... Quarry West w Merrill Joan Gerbert W 542 Santa Anita Ct Sierra Madre , CA
91024-2623 , 626-355-0384 www.cco.caltech.edu/~mjgerber Pubs : Botticelli
Blue Skies , Gut Feelings ( U Wisconsin Pr , 2003 , 2002 ) , Anna in the Afterlife ,
Anna ...

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ISBN: 0913734632

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Resource. THE DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN POETS & FICTION WRITERS is a required resource for any arts or presenting organization looking for literary readers, as well as for all publishers seeking to solicit work from the best American writers. In additon, writers can use the book to find the right writing mentor and connect with other writers. "When I directed my first arts program, [the Directory] delivered the addresses and phone numbers of writers I loved, but couldn't find. How many writers and audiences are robbed without the information between these covers?"--Cornelius Eady, co-founder and co-director, Cave Canem and author of Brutal Imagination.

Galsworthy the Man

To J.G. beauty lay more often in grace and charm — in the ' Prima Vera ' of nature
( as well as of Botticelli ) , in birds and flowers , in blue skies and sunlight , in
quiet night . Our visit to the Grand Canyon had followed on a stay at Palm Springs
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Author: Rudolf Sauter

Publisher: London : Owen

ISBN: UOM:39015002662404

Category: Novelists, English

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A Seat at the Ballet

But on Juliet the choreographer has lavished a wealth of understanding detail ,
drawing on Botticelli ... Music by Delius throws back a colour quite other than the
deep blue skies of Botticelli , and in particular the use of Brigg Fair , that set of ...

Author: Caryl Brahms

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ISBN: OSU:32435067311043

Category: Ballet

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This is a Voice from Your Past

... Little Cat : A Writer ' s Reflections on Her Kitten , Her Aged Mother . . . and Life
Botticelli Blue Skies : An American in Florence Gut Feelings : A Writer ' s Truths
and Minute Inventions This Is a Voice From Your Past NEW AND SELECTED.

Author: Merrill Joan Gerber

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Category: Literary Criticism

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"Every woman gets a call like this sooner or later. The phone rings, a man says: 'This is a voice from your past.'" The opening of the compelling title story of Merrill Joan Gerber's collection sets the tone for each of the thirteen remarkable pieces therein, two of them previously unpublished. Set mostly in Southern California--in seemingly peaceful, sub-urban households--Gerber's stories expose the raw, sometimes murderous impulses normally hidden beneath the facade of middle-class life. From the vulnerable women of "I Don't Believe This" and "Night Stalker" to the increasingly paranoid housewife of "Dogs Bark"; from the ferocious infighting of family life in "We Know That Your Hearts Are Heavy." "A Daughter of My Own," and "Latitude" to the sudden triumphs of unexpected revelation in "Approval" and "See Bonnie & Clyde Death Car," Merrill Joan Gerber's powerful collection confirms her place among the ranks of America's best fiction writers.

D Arcy Cresswell

In his last years Botticelli became a disciple of Savonarola who was preaching a
change in men ' s hearts and was setting ... Three archangels sing glorias while
in the blue sky twelve seraphs dance hand in hand swinging olive branches to
and fro ... seas and skies , As all the parts unite , As the spirit peers through the
eyes and ears And the joyful heart now sees and hears All things as beauty
bright !

Author: Roderick Finlayson

Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers

ISBN: UOM:39015031230108

Category: New Zealand

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Gut Feelings

With this collection of personal essays, Merrill Gerber, a widely and well-published novelist and short story writer, has painted a vivid portrait of herself as a writer and offered an honest glimpse of the inspiration for her own creative ...

Author: Merrill Joan Gerber

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299183505

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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With this collection of personal essays, Merrill Gerber, a widely and well-published novelist and short story writer, has painted a vivid portrait of herself as a writer and offered an honest glimpse of the inspiration for her own creative process. Through vibrant narratives that self-consciously waver on an ambiguous border between memoir and fiction, Gerber transfixes the reader with genuine accounts of her philosophies and samples of her life. The final three pieces of the collection, originally written as fiction, are included here as memoir to demonstrate her contention that the deepest truths in life can be and often are the greatest source from which to draw the best told lies in fiction. This book will appeal to teachers and students of writing as a study on the craft of writing as well as the general reader interested in the writing process. "

The Magazine of Art

... of Oriental light and colour , in costumes , lazy , tottered about after his father ,
as fat as ever , architecture , vegetation , and skies . ... the wondrous history of
Sinbad's adventures . would come forth and pose upon a chair in front of Under a
deep blue sky , where gray ... From the Painting by Botticelli , recently discovered
in.

Author: Marion Harry Spielmann

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