Several people have written and asked about the gate in Venice that inspired my Venezia napkin rings pattern in Knitty. To be honest, all I knew was that someone had told me it sounded like the gate to the Guggenheim Collection. I had googled and googled but was never able to find a picture. Then Diana wrote to me and said that it sounded like the Peggy Guggenheim Collection gate. She sent a picture. Yes! That was it! So with my new found information, I googled again and found this. Scroll down a few reviews and you will see a picture of the full gate. Then Diana was kind enough to allow me to use pictures she and her husband had taken on a trip to Venice! They show close-up views:
Isn't it amazing? You should see it in person. It is breathtaking. I told you those napkin rings were a (very, very) small homage! Thank you so much, Diana, for letting me use these!
I really wanted to thank everyone who took the trouble to write and talk about the gate. My mother (we took the trip together) and I never knew exactly where it led. I almost dialed her number in excitement before I realized that she is gone now; she died in 2005. It was wonderful being able to share it with those of you who know and love it as well. I felt like she was back for a small moment in time, and was just as she had been on that trip.