Looking around Charles Street Art and Antiques, a new gallery on Charles just north of Mount Vernon Place, you see room after room that reminds you of an amazing museum or a wonderful salon in Paris. Yet what you're really seeing is the triumph of love, the love that a small child growing up in Brooklyn had for art.
"I came from a very tough Irish-Italian neighborhood," says the gallery's owner, Patricia Bonacorda. "Most children who grew up there never went out of that neighborhood. Except me. I learned to ride the subway when I was 9 years old.
"We didn't have one painting in my house. But every Sunday I would go to the Brooklyn Museum, and it was almost like a haven for me."