About the HomeownerVirginia Levi is a former opera singer and amateur art collector. She works downtown and lives in the Regency Plaza.
1. I worked in the dot com bubble in the early 2000s – part of the deal was stock options, and I cashed mine in to buy fine art. This is an original Matisse. It’s the frontispiece of his Jazz series, which is a folio of his cutout work. | 2. This is a family painting. I’m from Cincinnati, and I had an aunt who did a lot of oil paintings of Cincinnati scenes. That’s Fountain Square, which is the center of downtown. | 3. This is a bronze called The Vagabond. It was done by Voss Finn, a Cincinnati artist. The brass next to it is a mobius strip, done by another Cincinnati artist, Ed Aub. | 4. There’s an opera score on the piano. I studied music in college, did the whole dot com thing, and then decided to take a couple of years off to sing for the Des Moines Metro Opera – but it was difficult to sustain a reasonable lifestyle. I accepted a job in Providence and moved here in 2003. | 5. This antique bookcase dates back roughly to the 1920s. The books inside are my music collection. | 6. This carpet was made in Iran, and is very old – from the early 1900s. The whole apartment is a nice meeting of antique items and modern art.