Art: Venetian Regrets

From the long marble steps in front of Venice's railway station, little King Vittorio Emmanuele stepped into a gaily beflagged launch and chuffed off down the serpentine Grand Canal to the Palazzo Pesaro. Behind the palace's mooring poles stood Signor Mario Alvera, Podesta (Mayor) of Venice, and Professor Nino Barbantini, director of The Modern Art Gallery. Together they led their King through the greatest collection ever assembled of the works of Venice's greatest painter, Tiziano Vecelli.

Venice's great Titian exhibition honored no anniversary. Recently the Italian Government acquired the Pesaro Palace from the...

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