Magic Carpet Ride
Some museums have stronger online collections than others. Hali, a publication that covers carpets, textiles and decorative arts, suggests a few that offer great virtual experiences. In short, a free ticket to explore: The Louvre, Paris (I especially enjoyed this mini exhibition there), the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, The Hermitage, and MAK. Both the The Louvre and FAMSF allow visitors to create their own online galleries.
The images above are from Hali and show the opening of La Scala's 2007-2008 opera season in Milan. At a gala held in the courtyard of Palazzo Marino, antique carpets were draped over balconies to suggest a Renaissance atmosphere. Using carpets in this way was popular during the 15th-and-16th centuries, as seen in paintings by Giovanni Bellini and Vittore Carpaccio.
On an unrelated note, I want to thank the very inspiring Joslyn of Simple Lovely for inviting me to share my favorite things. I was flattered.