Reflections on Italian Taste: why do people bang on about the Italian sense of taste and style? True, some Italians are tasteful and stylish. But everywhere one looks there is evidence to the contrary. For each perfectly conceived piece of modern furniture, there are so many hideous piece of repro burdened with more gilt and curlicues than are necessary. For every well-clad man or woman there are hordes of people who would have been better advised to stay at home. And for every Michelangelo statue …

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