After almost 30 years as a page designer for newspapers, magazines, websites, DTP, books, newsletters, etc, using italics as a "body" font is a terrible idea. Italics should be reserved for EMPAHSIS not the main body type. Please believe me when I say, “I've been there and done that.”
I recommend you read a design guide concerning italics in particular... the other thing is to use “fancy” fonts on headers, break-out quotes, etc., and leave the body text in auto format so people's browsers can choose the font. That way, if they have aging eye sight, dyslexia (common among artists) or other disorders that affect reading capabilities, they have to choice to make the site more legible, readable and a more pleasant experience overall.
For me, as I get older, I am finding it very difficult to read decorative and italic fonts for more than a sentence, or two, embedded within a larger field of text.
PLEASE, please, change the body text back to auto, so I can overide your font choice and make it easier for me to read your announcements.
— Mac User since 1987