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Milano, Bagatti

Elegant house museum, located in what is now the center of the fashion district.  Fabulous collection (late 19th c.) of two brothers, Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi.  Intrigued by modern conveniences, they installed central heating, electricity, hot and cold running water. 
Grateful for their generosity (donated as a museum in 1974), allowing a step back in time.
Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone, culinary treasure, right next door.

Toulouse Lautrec

“When my pencil moves, it is necessary to let it go. Nothing more!” 

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (1864 – 1901).   Enamored with the theatrical world, cabaret, Parisian nightlife, born at the right time. 
Aristide Bruant (1851-1925).  French singer, songwriter, nightclub owner.  Once he began performing at upscale café-concerts on the Champs-Elysees, he immediately commissioned Lautrec to portray an image that would appeal to the bourgeoise.  Finding inspiration in his trademark costume, wide-brimmed hat, cape and red scarf, the famous poster promoted Aristide’s career as well as his own.
Dreaming of the day when we can once again visit museums, surround ourselves with art.