Portraying flamboyance through the lens of Cecil Beaton

Imagine a young man with a brilliant aesthetic eye, combined with a theatrical persona as well as an addiction to glamorous society. The talk is of Cecil Beaton, one of the most celebrated British portrait photographers of the 20th century, renowned for his images of elegance, glamour and style. 

Colourful nostalgia through the lens of Jacques Henri Lartigue

Originally rooted in fine arts, Lartigue took his first photograph at the age of seven after receiving a camera from his father. Later his passion for photography started sculpting by recording the pastimes and glamour of a wealthy Parisian milieu.

Standing for solidarity by offering hospitality

The real value and face of humans always shows up in the most difficult moments. Usually that is when all the masks come off. Similarly these times of pandemic emergency demonstrate the most about human solidarity and empathy or rather the contrary. And I truly believe that in the end amity, harmony and cooperativeness will save humanity from destruction. 

Stellar lodging in the heart of the Dolomites

As soon as entering the house you will feel at home for the scent of the rooms, the kindness of the owner herself and the vintage furniture in the salon.Actually I could spend a whole afternoon in the salon and that’s also what I did.

Driving through LA with Michael Lange

Immediately after diving into the book, which is bound by hand and feels like a map, a journey unfolds, leaving imprints of LA streets and corners. Indeed the photographs mentally brought me to Los Angeles without  having been there before.

A Tyrolean affair of modernity

Nowadays there is a renewed interest in traditional ways of dressing. First and foremost, this means an appreciation for those who have been keeping Trachten alive for generations.

A Tyrolean affair of tradition

Trachten have existed since the fifteenth century. They are proof that clothing has never been just a piece of garment but also a means of communication and expression of style as well as origin.

Caravaggio’s Viennese theatre of emotions

It is no secret that especially Caravaggio has been able to bring not only an incredible light but also an equal amount of strong emotions to his works. The innermost motions of the psyche were greatly important to Caravaggio’s contemporaries too.

Ottmanngut’s guest house of all senses

Located in between the mountains, close by the historical spa city of Merano in Italy’s region of Alto Adige, the country residence’s history is almost as long and rich as the one of Merano itself. A document from 1920 bears witness to the existence of a country property known as Psorengütl located just outside the city wall. By the 16th century the name changed to Ottmangut and the property became one of five such farmhouses in the area.

Franz Fromm and his rare art collection at Villa Freischütz

As soon as entering the villa, I entered a world of wonders, feeling almost like an old romantic movie in black and white including loads of aesthetic scenes. Indeed I have experienced an intense connection with the arts and its former owners, while strolling through the well-decorated living rooms.

9 artists to watch during and after the Venice Biennale

While I was visiting the international exhibition, I noticed a certain ambition towards depicting human failure as well as human tragedies including acts of violence, slavery and suppression. My artist guide is based on the works of art whichever managed to capture the pivotal idea of La Biennale this year including many diverse approaches towards the human way of living life.

On the traces of St Francis and Napoleon at Isola del Garda

Currently the Garda Island is owned by the Cavazza family, but over the centuries it had various names which were nearly always linked to the different owners: insula Cranie, island of Monks, Lechi island, Scotti island, de Ferrari island and later Borghese island. ​