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Renoir and Boston

  Renoir’s “The Seine At Asnieres” reminds me of my boat ride this week at the Boston Public Garden

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Alliums in Bloom at the Boston Public Garden

  Claude Monet — ‘I must have flowers, always, and always” 

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Cultural Cocktail Hour in Boston

Cultural Cocktail Hour is in Boston, admiring the flowers in each window in Beacon Hill “There are always flowers for those who want to see them”- Henri Matisse All Photography © 2018 by Leticia Marie Sanchez

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All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez Fallen Leaf Lake August 2017 “If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere”- Vincent Van Gogh          

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An Edward Hopper moment at Fallen Leaf Lake

  All nature photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez Fallen Leaf Lake, August 2017 Edward Hopper, The Long Leg, 1935            

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Carriage Ride in Central Park..Mysterious Clouds Swirling Overhead…

Ezra Pound, Reflecting on New York: “Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.” All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez              

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Cultural Cocktail Hour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Pablo Picasso Cultural Cocktail Hour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 2017 All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Happy New Year to my readers!

 Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark In 2013, Cultural Cocktail Hour traveled through Andalusia, Umbria, Chianti, and Tuscany. Wishing my readers around the globe a very HAPPY NEW YEAR replete with Many Blessings, Cultural Adventures, and Creative Inspiration! Best Wishes, Leticia Marie Sanchez, Editor-in-Chief, C.C.H.  

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Cultural Cocktail Hour in Manhattan!

Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Cultural Cocktail Hour is in Manhattan this week! What is the recipe for the perfect Cultural Cocktail in New York City this week? Photography, Left. Museum Mile Fifth Avenue, New York © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez       #1 Lock eyes with Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring now on view at the Frick. (She’ll win the stare-down, no contest)   #2. Hie thee to the Jewish Museum to see Chagall: Love, War and Exile- for a different side to Chagall: profound and haunting. An exploration of loss both personal (his wife Bella) and global (the Holocaust) through his unique iconographical use of the Crucifixion as a secular symbol to personify suffering.     #3. Enjoy the Double, Double, Toil and Trouble at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre production of Macbeth starring Ethan Hawke! (Check back on Cultural Cocktail Hour

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Stendhal Syndrome in Florence

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Visiting Florence in 1817, the French novelist Stendhal found himself overwhelmed inside Santa Croce. The proximity to Giotto frescoes and Michelangelo’s tomb drove him to a state of delicious delirium. “I was in a sort of ecstasy…Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty … I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations … Everything spoke so vividly to my soul… I had palpitations of the heart, what in Berlin they call ‘nerves.’” Florentine psychiatrist Dr. Graziella Magherini coined the term Stendhal Syndrome in 1989. Through her work at the Santa Maria Nuova hospital, she has recorded more than 106 cases of patients exhibiting an intense reaction to art with symptoms ranging from rapid heartbeat and dizziness to extreme cases of hallucinations. Stendhal was not alone. Dr. Iain Bamforth claims that Marcel Proust suffered from the

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