Thursday, March 10, 2016

biltmore and movie wedding dresses

Biltmore House has one of the most stunning situations imaginable, against the Appalachians, folding away behind it.  It has terrific gardens, designed by Olmsted - so there's a curious echo of Central Park.  But the house itself ... I guess it's what Donald Trump would have lived in a hundred and twenty years ago - opulence upon dark wooden opulence.  The art work was downplayed, and not easy to view - and not that interesting: a handful of Sargeants, a Boldini, a couple of small and very chocolate-boxy Renoirs.  The most curious thing, among all the fresh flowers, were the wedding dresses - wedding dresses from recent films, set in every room, like a ghostly flock of Miss Havishams.

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