ART: Modigliani's Mode

By the end of the 17th Century the halcyon art of Italy had completely decayed. From, the death of Michelangelo to the present day, with the exception of a colorful but shallow digression at Venice, good Italian painting has been practically nonexistent. But in 1884, a sickly boy was born in the Ghetto at Leghorn, Tuscany, to Flaminio Modigliani, son of a Roman usurer. The boy was named Amedeo which means "love of God." Under the guidance of his uncle Isaac described by one of his family as "a man of vast...

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