51. Tonight I’ll stay home!
I need to relax. Does that seem strange!?
I am sure that many of you have asked yourself the same question.
All my life it has been like this… I don’t like to get bored… Sometimes resting makes me bored, but I should relax, I feel that my body needs it – maybe even my mind!
I love to sleep. I try never to commit myself for early morning meetings. I like to wake up, get up and call Lupo onto my bed for a few seconds, the time for him to wash my face with his kisses!
Tonight I’ll be comfortable in your company…!
What can I make for dinner? I think I have a good sea bass in the fridge. I bought it yesterday from Claudio, the best fish shop in Milan. I will cook it “al sale” with some new potatoes… Am I making your mouth water? I invite you, all of you, to dinner at my house to show you that I am not kidding!
I sit at the computer, well, a professional computer with two giant screens and two professional photo printers. One of the printers is for the normal size A4 and A3, while the other is a plotter for larger sizes.
I’m not very good with computers, but I manage! I don’t want to be too technical and lose my spontaneity when I create the designs to be printed on my fabrics!
To describe my house… large studio apartment… freedom that I can do whatever I want… meters of books and magazines stacked high everywhere… two large white leather sofas with lots of pillows… zebra… giraffe… leopard!
In the center, between two columns, an ancient Persian horse, half of the ‘700, I bought it from an antique shop several years ago.
Six floor to ceiling windows give the house a lot of light and overlook a main road and a beautiful park, a favorite of Lupo!
It ‘s time to talk about a beautiful portrait that Julian Schnabel made of me in New York 6 or 7 years ago. Schnabel is one of the greatest modern painters of our time, for me he is number one. I don’t claim to be in the best position to critique modern painting. As a native Florentine I am bound to a sense of true art so my tastes have not yet gone much beyond Picasso!
I went to his studio… utterly fascinating… located in West Village… one of the most beautiful and artistic in New York… I was invited by Shnabel, my great friend… when he told me he wanted to paint my portrait I felt incredibly honored!
Schnabel did not use a traditional canvas for my portrait but instead chose a large panel to which he glued many porcelain plates some whole, some fragmented.
On this, a work of modern art in itself, he painted this magnificent portrait!
I entered the studio and when I saw this great frame with lots of white plates cemented over, I was shocked. I never imagined the result…
I smiled to myself when Julian asked me if I wanted a straight face or smiling.
I know modern art and so I was very sceptical about likenesses!
I left the choice to him and settled into the position that he had suggested.
I expressed the desire not to see it until it was finished, I preferred to wait for the final result. I was afraid of not being able to hide my eventual disappointment.
Three, maybe four hours posing, I was terribly tired and bored!
When Julian said “now you can come and look, I hope you like it” I walked a few steps and stood in front of my portrait.
I can only say that I was THRILLED! HE CAPTURED THE VERY ESSENCE OF ME!
I was moved by an emotion that only a masterpieces can evoke!
Did you enjoy it?
Un bacino e…
I LOVE YOU