[Oxford63] Painting of Courtney in Florence

oxford63 at mailman.cyber-community.com oxford63 at mailman.cyber-community.com
Sat Nov 21 15:22:36 MST 2015

Joe Barbieri is married to a friend of mine. I see them regularly and will ask about this encounter.

> On Nov 21, 2015, at 1:42 PM, oxford63 at mailman.cyber-community.com wrote:
> I finally called Courtney to get the details of the wonderful painting of her in Florence.
> The artist, Joe Barbieri, still has a studio in Boston!  In 1966 he was staying in an apartment across the hall from Courtney's Wellesley Big Sister, who introduced them.  Courtney was there for her Jr. year abroad.  Joe asked if Courtney would pose for him.  The landscape is made up, but includes places near by in Florence....and people Joe knew.  The funniest thing, I thought, is the story of the person in stone in the lower left.  One of Joe's instructors at the PA Academy of Fine Art, where Joe was a student, was also in Florence, but declined to pose for the painting.  So, Joe painted him in stone!  I am going to send the photo of Courtney and the painting again, separately.
> There!  I think I have it all right....and Courtney can add and correct if she would like.  She told me her two cataract operations are proving to be successful.  But long time, it seems, for her vision to settle down, and to get used to the new glasses.
> Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  Hope you are surrounded by family and friends.  We are excited to be going to a friend's home in Rehoboth Beach for Thanksgiving; have never done that before.  Then off to New Orleans for Christmas.  Can't wait.
> Love, Bonnie
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