Laura Morelli

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The first time I visited Venice as a wide-eyed teenager, I knew I was supposed to buy Murano glass, but I had no idea why.

All I knew was that I was whisked to the famous “glass island” on an overcrowded, stinky boat. I waited behind two dozen American and Japanese tourists to pay an exorbitant price for a little glass fish—what a bewildering experience!

Still, it was the artistic traditions of the world that inspired me to study the past. Living in Europe and Latin America, I realized that in many places, centuries-old craft traditions are still living traditions.

So began my quest to discover craftspeople passing on a special kind of knowledge to the next generation.

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Thanks for getting in touch. I apologize for this, but Goodreads made a mistake on this giveaway! Their system was supposed to randomly…more
Hi Heather,
Thanks for getting in touch. I apologize for this, but Goodreads made a mistake on this giveaway! Their system was supposed to randomly select one winner. It seems that they transposed the page count of the book (406 pages) for the number of winners. I was shocked to wake up one morning with the message that they had drawn 406 winners instead of one! That was not how the contest was supposed to go…

Due to the error, Goodreads should have sent you an email with some instructions for how you can download a free digital copy of the book. The last thing I want to do is disappoint readers, so I’m happy to offer you an ebook edition of The Painter’s Apprentice, which you can download to your preferred device.

If you didn't get the email, please send me a message directly at laura@lauramorelli.com and I'll respond with instructions.

I’m sorry for the poor experience. I understand that Goodreads is revising their giveaway system and I hope that they will be able to avoid errors in the future.

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Laura Morelli Art history is the most fascinating topic in the world! As an art historian, I have had the pleasure to teach, research, and write about subjects for…moreArt history is the most fascinating topic in the world! As an art historian, I have had the pleasure to teach, research, and write about subjects for which I have a passion. What a job! I have always relished the hours in the library and love sharing new material with my students.

Early in my career I learned the craft of academic writing, a type of writing that demands rigor and a strict adherence to the conventions of humanities scholarship. After a while, though, the more I wrote, the more boxed in I felt. The conventions of writing for conference lectures and scholarly journals transformed the exciting topic of art history into something dry and inaccessible. I felt compelled to burst out of the box! Writing for a broader audience has given me the opportunity to share the thrill I felt when I first encountered art history.(less)
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Many travelers to Italy count silk ties and scarves among their favorite souvenirs, and silk accessories form a kaleidoscope of color in shop windows. The beautiful lakeside city of Como has been a leader in silk-making for more than a century, supplying the fashion houses of Milan and the rest of the world with high-quality silk. However, most of Como’s silk enterprises are open to the trade o...

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