Everyone to whom I have ever spoken who has visited the Hermitage in
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I intentionally did most of the reading at home so that I could have a copy of Paintings in the Hermitage by Colin Eisler close by. It slows down the reading considerably to stop and look up the paintings mentioned but it is a painless way of getting acquainted with some of the world’s most well-regarded works of art. For some of the paintings there is a more detailed description of the history, the artist, the symbolism. The best part is knowing that there won’t be a quiz at the end…just the satisfaction of having spent some time with the Masters and learning a little bit of history as well.
PS: For those of us in our 6th and 7th decades (and beyond) we can lose no time in building our own “memory palaces” (page 68).